Stand-up

Authored by: Robert Leach

An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9780415725163
eBook ISBN: 9780429463679
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429463679-77

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Abstract

On 3 May 1979, Mrs Thatcher became Prime Minister. Sixteen days later, in Soho’s seedy Dean Street, four floors up at the naughty Nell Gwynne Club, and in the presence of a handful of radio and television reporters, Peter Rosengarde and Dan Ward’s Comedy Store opened its doors. A string of would-be comedians under a ferocious chairman tried to make people laugh. When they failed, the chairman banged a gong, and they were forced from the stage.

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