Sitting Room was established with the good natured desire to coerce stand-up comics from their piles* in London to Harrogate, the cultured south of the North. Opportunities to see stand-up comedy seem to languish and perish with a melancholic air somewhere around St Albans. We rely too heavily on Michael McIntyre deciding to take his troupe of merry men to large regional theatres as part of his quest to uncover the next ‘him’ and extend his not diminutive BBC contract. Thus, Sitting Room.
We are lucky that Harrogate already attracts some of the biggest names in commercial British comedy, you may have seen some of them on synthetic programmes such as Live at the Apollo. I would point comedy fans towards Harrogate Theatre as a fantastic venue but, as beautiful as the theatre is, it lacks the real comedy club experience of beer, a kebab, laughs and subsequent indigestion. Sitting Room is also cheap.
There are a lot of cracking comedians on the circuit and Sitting Room wants you to have an opportunity to experience them. Bookmark this website, sign up, follow, like, subscribe, do everything possible that guarantees you the best chance of laughing in Harrogate before you leave the area or die. And do keep checking the site (twice a day is the recommended usage) to see what new content I have added. As time progresses, things will change (it’s spooky I know!) It’s like a distance-time graph but with content replacing distance. If you can’t grasp the concept, draw a dull line graph and apply to teach science. Here is the link.
Now for a boring bit (every business needs to trot out a clichéd pledge – see the banking system): our aim is to bring you quality acts at cheap prices. To do that, Sitting Room needs money. It’s pretty simple. Please do get in touch for details of Sitting Room sponsorship packages. Or if you have large amounts of surplus money (honestly, ISAs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be). Or if you’re looking to offload your collection of priceless antique war arms.
I look forward to seeing you at a Sitting Room show soon. Maybe we could become friends, my Facebook friends tally isn’t as impressive as I’d hoped it would be.
* Residencies not haemorrhoids.
I’ve had an interest in stand-up comedy since I developed an interest in stand-up comedy. It wasn’t a passion passed down from my father. Or mother. Or any relative. I probably became interested in it after seeing a stand-up comedian.
extract from Tom Taylor’s memoirs, My Life Written Down: the latency and genital stages (unpublished – in shops for a Christmas)
Approximately once a year I make a pilgrimage up/down/to London (delete as appropriate respective of your social class) where alongside every Pizza Express there is a venue which hosts live comedy. Consequently I wondered why there was relatively little opportunity to see comedy elsewhere. Why doesn’t someone provide some more comedy in the North? Why don’t I be the someone?
It turns out there are a number of valid reasons why there are less comedy opportunities outside the M25 (the M25 being one of them) but, never one to be put off by the prospect of large financial losses, I went about setting up a comedy club in Yorkshire. Primitive market research suggested Harrogate possessed an interest in attending live stand-up shows. It is also where I live and I can’t afford to travel, what with fuel prices as they are yadda yadda. Thus, Sitting Room.
As geniuses go, I’m pretty average. I play a number of instruments to a standard which suggests I could be very good if I practised more, I create works of modern and installation art because I find drawing and painting incredibly time-consuming, I read European literature translated into English and I construct my own algorithms for rainy day cricket to make the dice game more realistic.
Added to these examples of mediocrity, I can talk and write. Having spent an unhealthy amount of time watching pretentious students, midlife crisis sufferers and other pricks bomb at open mic nights, I can state I am between feeble and competent on the talking/writing scale. Somewhere betwixt Janet and John and Lolita. Therefore, I have plunged into the abyss of compering and will be introducing Sitting Room’s comics to you amidst ramblings and songs of my own. Please be supportive and constructively criticise me only when I’m not listening.
My thanks extend to everyone who has helped, is helping and will help with Sitting Room.
Much (platonic) love,