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 London's 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 both give a unique experience to the audience and push the boundaries of normal comedy club rules and etiquette - we would allow & encourage heckling! (within reason of course). 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 packed house in Leytonstone, where history was made. All performers from the inaugural show are now very established household names.
The club ethos has never changed, and by allowing the audience a certain amount of ownership of the evening some truly memorable shows have emerged through the magic of chaos.
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 (apart from a few months off during the Covid pandemic lockdowns of course).
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 pros, 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 the past two and a half 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, 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, and the late great Sean Lock.................to name but a few