Working Girl Weekend: Knock2Bag Comedy Club

Working Girl Weekend: Knock2Bag Comedy Club

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The biggest names. The hottest new acts. The best mixed bills. That’s what new kid on the block Knock2Bag Comedy Club promises. I bagged some tickets to the launch night through a Time Out ballot so I could find out for myself – here’s the verdict!

The Venue
The show takes place in a couple of venues in Shoreditch and Hackney – this one was at MOTH Club, apparently east London’s hottest new venue. I have to say it is pretty damn cool. It looks like a unicorn tried to put its stamp on an old mans pub…but in a good way. The wall is cluttered with licence plate signs and old crests while the ceiling is made of gold glitter. Yes, it is as amazing as it sounds. The drinks are quite reasonably priced and they have a good crisp selection (sweet chilli!) to keep you fuelled throughout the night. The club also has shows at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, one of my favourite arts venues in London.

moth club hackney

The Comedy
Our MC for the night was Aisling Bea, an Irish comedian who definitely has good craic, and knows just the right amount of audience interaction. She also has excellent taste in music. Romesh Ranganathan was the headliner and was brilliant as always. He was testing out new material so I feel like I’ve contributed to his future success by laughing, or not, at the right moments. After Romesh, there were 4 more acts. We stayed for the next 2 – Candy Gigi and Nick Helm.

candy gigi knock2bag

Candy Gigi is, shall we say, an acquired taste and to be honest we gained more amusement from looking at certain audience members’ expressions of disgust and disbelief than from her actual set. She was a breath of fresh air though, and actually a very good singer! Nick was hilarious, again some audience members weren’t quite on the journey with us but we thought he was great. And he provided some easy to remember one liners that I can now pass off as my own – win! Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to stay for the last two acts. Overall, the quality of performers at the show was higher than any other comedy club I’ve been to. My only negative comment is that the show is too long. It started at 8, and when we left at 10.30, there was still an interval and 2 more acts to go – though had we not had an early start we definitely would have stayed!

nick helm knock2bag

The Fine Print
Knock2Bag is on a few times a month at MOTH Club in Hackney and Rich Mix in Shoreditch. Tickets are between £8 and £10, an absolute bargain for the quality of the show. I’ve already got my eye on the Reginald D Hunter show in February – see you there?

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Final Word
If you’re going to a comedy night in London, this is the one. Such a high standard of comedy at a low price and in an intimate venue – it’s a no brainier.


Have you been to Knock2Bag or planning a trip? Let me know what you think in the comments!

All photos credited to Fung