Backyard Comedy Club

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One of London's much-needed, dedicated comedy clubs, run by British stand-up Lee Hurst, star of 'They Think it's All Over', who you can occasionally find performing here. At just a stone's throw from Bethnal Green, the Backyard is a good place to find up-and-coming comedians, plus since 2013, they've also hosted variety shows, cabaret, swing dancing and more. There's also a bar, pizzas, pool, fussball and darts.


Venue name: Backyard Comedy Club
Address: 231
Cambridge Heath Road
E2 0EL
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This place is our go to on a Friday night! My friends and I absolutely love it here and arrange an outing at least once a month! Although you can never tell the calibre of comedy you’re going to get on the night, I can guarantee you will still have the best time! Before the show starts, we will buy a bottle of wine (not bad at £15 a bottle) and order a couple of plates of nachos from the bar. As the doors open to go through to the show, you go find a table and take your seats. Warning – do not sit near the front unless you want to be picked on! We once made this mistake and literally got slaughtered by the comics. At £5 a ticket this is a great night out. Your stomach will be hurting by the end of the night from all the laughter.


Having walked past the venue several times I am not sure how I could miss it, but once we walked in I felt like being transported back into my university times (in a good way). It's a nice place to have a drink or two after work and of course even better for those who like table tennis. I can't say much about the menu, as we just had a quick drink before the comedy started. It's been my first time to attend a comedy club and did not really know what to expect. In the end I had a brilliant time - some stand ups were better than others and the time limit is great, as you otherwise might lose interest after a while. I would definitely recommend it as a different night out and it's worth the £5 per ticket.


The Backyard Comedy Club is what I would classify as a cheap and cheerful establishment. You know the sort, everything feels like it could do with a good clean but you can forgive it because, well, I guess it's supposed to be in your backyard, right?

A group of us went on a Thursday night, there were a lot of acts, some inevitably better than others and all unknown to me. There were also quite a few hecklers in the house but I think the comedians all responded perfectly. I was more than thankful for the air conditioning too - it was a hot day outside!

Tickets cost £5 on a Thursday, but don't turn up late as you'll have to pay an additional £3 per ticket. Pitchers of beer are around £13, bottles of wine £16 and pizzas around £9. I would say avoid the house wines though as they're not winners, but there's more choice on the list. There's a charge for using card under £15, so if you're not buying rounds bring some cash.

Overall I'd say The Backyard Comedy Club is good for a laugh.


A bit of a hit and miss…

The good bits first. It’s a rather large space for a comedy club – which means it feels less claustrophobic than other clubs and you’re far more likely to get a seat, even if you come just before the performance starts. Plus, you can bring your drinks in and order food to be brought to your seat. Pretty good.

But you won’t have much veggie options, so check the menu first if you have any requirements. And the organisation is a bit lame. First off, it is usual that some of the performers featured on the website don’t actually make it to the stage, so don’t hold your hopes up on a special comedian, people. They also have a very strict ‘arrive on time’ policy. If you’re late, you will be asked to pay £3 extra for your tickets, and it’s not just a warning. It can be quite unsettling, especially with reception staff not being the friendliest.

Finally, I know comedy is a tricky business, with people having a different sense of humour and all… And don’t get me wrong some comedians are excellent, especially the host, Tom Deacon. But for a club that asks you to pay £10 and doesn’t advertise themselves as a place where performers come and try new materials, you’d expect it to be a funnier and more pleasant night.


I’ve been passing by the Backyard Comedy Club for a few years.To me, it looked like one of those cheap student bars back in Eastern Europe in the early 90s, so I was never very tempted. But one day by boyfriend was desperate to practise table tennis, so we dropped in to discover a perfect local place for a quiet drink, with interesting selection of craft beers (including Swedish and American) and reasonably priced food .

Last Saturday we went there to see some comedy and it was another positive surprise! The acts were pretty good, and judging by the full house, everyone else already knows this place is great (where was I all this time?!) But the cherry on the cake was Lee Hurst himself performing as the main act, which we didn’t expect at all! 

The only let down is the fact that the minimum payment on card is £15. Luckily, there's a ATM, literary 2 minutes away, so you can get money, if you don't want to overspend. 


Not bad for a comedy club, although some of the acts at the Brainwash event made us feel a bit nervous... You really don't want to stand out and be picked on at these type of things! Food and drinks are pretty standard but not bad value compared to other bars in London. Location is good, very close to Bethnal green and the many transport links in east London. Just don't be late.. They will charge you for the privilege of entering even though the act doesn't start until well after the advertised time!

The Backyard Comedy Club is an easily located a free minutes walk from Bethnal Green tube station. I went for the Saturday night performance and wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the talent and particularly how good the host presenting the acts was. Drinks prices were standard for London but beware that there is a charge for any late comers to the comedy gigs even though the first act hasn't started and a charge for card orders under £15!


The Backyard Comedy Club must be one of the main things to do in Bethnal green as it's even listed on the signs coming out of the tube station. Situated behind the Backyard Bar, the venue features tabled and rowed seating with a small stage at one end where the acts appear and attempt to make everybody laugh and have a good team. Fortunately, the acts on Friday night were all very funny and amiable. I didn't catch everyone's name but Jayde Adams was fantastic as the compere for the evening, even controlling some rather vocal people in the crowd who were just having a chat by being firm but not making everyone feel uncomfortable. She also belted out some opera and got some poor chap on stage to join in. Tom Allen was the headline act. Camp and full of funny original observations, he was also a joy to watch. With four acts including Jayde, this was a good night and I would definitely go there again if I was in the area.


Came along for the Sabotage comedy night and unfortunately wasn't too impressed. The line up on the night didn't seem to include all of those featured on the advance list, and one of the acts left us feeling uncomfortable that we decided to just head off halfway through the night. 

This is the nature of stand up comedy unfortunately, and on this night, it didn't work for us. But the venue itself is great, with a decent priced bar, great looking food and a ping pong/foosball for people to use and chill out with. 

We'd happily come along again though to another night and give it another shot, just a shame it didn't do it for us when we first went!


I love this comedy club and have been going for the past ten years. It is owned by Lee Hurst and he regularly does the compering and one man gigs. It's less than five mins from Bethnal Green station and there is a bar which is very reasonably priced. It's a very relaxed atmosphere and the bar staff are all friendly as well as the manager Dan. It's a great place to meet friends and have a fun night out, you will not be disappointed, if comedy is not your thing, you can relax at the bar or play pool. Ticket prices are great and I prefer this place to most of the other comedy clubs in London.


Formerly Lee Hurst's Backyard Comedy Club, the venue still services its comedy roots and is still owned by Hurst consisting of decent and lively bar and a sparsely decorated (if old pallets can be classed as decoration?) though serviceable back room for live shows housed in a new build with a warehouse feel. I watched a BBC Radio 4 comedy recording here recently and it was packed and fun. Do note that you have to arrive by the set time (usually at least 45 minutes prior to the start time) if watching comedy or you will be charged an additional £3 to collect your tickets! Don't be surprised if after racing to get there to avoid the additional charge the show actually starts when they feel like it rather than at the allotted time, though this can be equally be said of many similar venues.


I went to their 'tester' comedy gig last night with my housemate and I must say it was pretty hilarious! There were about eight acts including the 20 year old lesbian, the drunk weirdo and the rapper. On Thursdays, they all openly try new material which is pretty exciting. The crowd was good-natured without a single heckling. To be honest, there is nothing like the sheer pleasure of a lame joke or pun.

On top of it all, the bar area serves great beer (Blue Moon anyone?) and pizzas – and looks lovely with banting all over the ceiling.

I was given free complimentary tickets for my friends and myself.

We arrived early, 15 minutes before the start of the event. The event itself would turn out to be 20 mins late.

However when presenting our "free complimentary tickets" we were told to pay £3 each for being late????

I questioned this with the door person, suffice to say she was very unhelpful and rude.

We stupidly agree to pay the £3 each, we sat inside the hall, and waited for 20 mins for the event to start. How can we be paid to an event when we arrived 15 mins before the event was expected to start and then wait a further 20 mins. Crazy. The drinks were very watered down and not very nice. My gf refused to drink the wine I had bought her, the beers I bought were watered down and flat.

The comedy itself ranged from poor to mediocre. The host however, was very good.

Overall I would never go back to this venue.

Organised a friends' birthday drinks there, the staff were really friendly and accommodating. The food was great, and with some more unusual than others (gonna have to try roast pork and apple sauce on pizzas more, its delicious!). Vegetarian options went down a treat too. With free wifi, and a pool table, as well as comedy shows, I can see this becoming a busy social point in the near future. I suggest get there whilst there is still room on the sofas.