it all began on a rainy Tuesday afternoon
Back in the mid nineties there were plenty of comedy clubs scattered around London,
from little rooms above pubs running open mic nights for newer acts, to cutting edge independent outfits right up to the bigger established venues such as the prestigious Comedy Store. There was a distinct buzz that was like no other night out, the bills were diverse and exciting, often wild and anarchic but there was a distinct lack of these in the East end.
The idea was to bring the best of all of these ingredients to a comedy starved location but with an edge that would give a unique experience to the audience - we would allow & encourage heckling - within reason of course, but we strongly believe that any act worth their salt would deal with and thrive from playful audience participation should they be worthy enough to set foot on that stage in the first place. Hecklers Comedy Club ran it's debut show in September 1995 to a sold out room in Leytonstone, where history was made.
Over the years there have been various Hecklers venues in East London, Hertfordshire & Hampshire, but it's spiritual home is without doubt the West End Centre in Aldershot, where it ran it's debut show in February 1997, and has been running monthly ever since.
Hecklers has always strived to put on good quality professional bills for a reasonable admission price. We pride ourselves on nurturing the up and coming talent of tomorrow by placing promising newcomers amongst a line up of experienced performers, and never forgetting that our audiences ultimately drive our shows. We have a strong reputation not just on the UK circuit, but internationally as one of the "must play" clubs in any comedian's career.
In just over two decades we have proudly played host to the likes of:
Jimmy Carr, Micky Flanagan, Bill Bailey, Harry Hill, Ross Noble, Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, Gary Delaney, Ed Byrne,
Andy Parsons, Milton Jones, Al Murray, Lee Mack, Shappi Khorsandi, Graham Norton, Catherine Tate, Matt Lucas, Reg Hunter, Omid Djalili, Hal Cruttenden, Sean Lock, Russell Kane, Phil Wang, Andrew Maxwell, Henning Wehn, Sarah Millican, Tim Vine, Rob Rouse, Justin Lee Collins, Paul Sinha, Dominic Holland, Phil Nichol, Ricky Grover, Simon Brodkin, Bob Mills, Mark Thomas, Rob Newman, Doc Brown, Paul Foot, Kerry Godliman, Gina Yashere, Daniel Kitson, Nina Conti, Pete Firman, Lucy Porter,
Marcus Brigstocke, Stephen Merchant, Lee Hurst, Stephen K Amos, Jo Caulfield, Mackenzie Crook, Josie Long, Paul Chowdhry, Rufus Hound, Terry Alderton, Charlie Chuck, Norman Lovett, Bobby Davro.................to name but a few