The Stroke Stand-up Comedy Club – Lichfield – First Thursday of Every Month – The George Hotel
Shows start at 8:15pm – but arrive no later than 7:45pm or else you may end up standing-up too, or worse still – standing out in the rain without a ticket. Licensed bars on ground floor and 1st floor. Each show is hosted by an MC, and features four Stand-up Comedians including the MC, unless it is a double headliner. There’s plenty of local restaurants to start your night off, and bars to finish you off; and clearly a hotel if you’ve laughed yourself into a gibbering wreck.
The Stroke Club, described by many of the comedians as the best independent live comedy venue in the country, was started in 2002 by Jane Mackenzie at the George Hotel in Lichfield – and was an instant success. Ken Jenkins took over in 2004 and has been booking the acts and making virtually every show a sell-out ever since. Ken brings up some of the best live standup comedy acts from the London circuit for your evening’s entertainment – so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Rhod Gilbert performing at the Stroke Club in November 2011:
On 10th Nov 2011 Lichfield welcomed one of the UK’s leading comedians for an exclusive preview of his forthcoming national tour. Award winning welsh comic Rhod Gilbert will be playing a handful of small intimate warm up gigs across the country, and thanks to the Stroke Comedy Club’s outstanding reputation as one of the best independent clubs on the UK comedy circuit, he chose to appear at the Stroke club’s home, the George Hotel. Gilbert has previously sold out the O2, playing to an audience of 20,000 people, and is a regular on television programmes such as Have I Got News For You, 8 out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks as well as his own series Ask Rhod Gilbert, so it was a unique opportunity to see the star up close and personal. The Stroke Club added an extra date especially for Gilbert, and is used to hosting established and up and coming comedians who always perform to sell out crowds. When tickets for Gilbert’s show went on sale – all records were smashed – selling out in just 3 minutes. Ken.