Friday Night Comedy 1st Feb with Earl Okin
Come to SW16 for your weekly dose of superb comedy line-ups (as seen on telly programmes such as Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live At The Apollo!).
Headliners: Earl Okin, Al Lubel and Robin Morgan (MC) plus funny guests!*
It's cabaret seating at Hideaway, which means you'll watch the show from your table and food and drink is served throughout the evening.
£10 IN ADVANCE OR £12 ON THE DOOR!
***If you are booking for your birthday the birthday person will receive free entry and a welcome cocktail if they produce photo ID on arrival. The birthday must fall within 7 days of the night you wish to attend. Please state in your bookings notes if it is a birthday group and tell us the name of the person celebrating. Do not purchase a ticket in advance for the birthday person, only purchase tickets for the rest of the group. Mistakes will not be refunded.
Earl Okin is one of those truly unique performers that one comes across very rarely but, for that very reason, he is almost impossible to describe. (See below for a variety of crits.)
He is primarily a world-class Jazz and Bossa Nova singer and songwriter who accompanies himself on piano or guitar but, due to a second career in the world of comedy, has developed legendary audience skills.
However, he’s also been a headline comedy act on the London circuit since 1982. The ability to charm audiences of any age, race or nationality is very much part of what he brings to his shows, alongside the legendary ‘vocal trumpet' solos, witty lyrics and between-song banter. He has performed at all the major theatres in his home town, London - from the Royal Albert Hall to the London Palladium etc., he is the most performed artist ever at the Edinburgh International Festival and has toured his one-man show literally around the world.
He is as comfortable on stage at Festivals in front of 65,000 people as he is in intimate clubs. He has entertained at private parties for all sorts of celebrities, including Queen Elizabeth II. Bizarrely, he is also a favourite of the King and Queen of Sweden.
He has performed alongside such Jazz legends as Benny Carter, Milt Hinton, Adelaide Hall, Barney Kessel, Cleo Laine and Stephane Grappelly.
His set at the Montreal Comedy Festival proved to be the most popular of the year and Earl found himself the recipient of business cards from just about all the TV and film companies from LA.
He has even opened on tour for major Rock stars such as Van Morrison and Sir Paul McCartney!
"You are quite a genius you are - you have managed to find a niche in Cabaret I have never seen nor heard before - you are simply brilliant. Hard to categorize - musician/comedian or what - I guess you are anything the audience wants to categorize you as long as they book you.
"Age does not matter for he appeals to all from 17 to senility... master of the art of cabaret."
“Multi-talented musical supremo' - TIME OUT.
Al Lubel became a lawyer to satisfy his mother and quit to become a comedian to satisfy his sadistic need to torture her. After graduating law school in Florida, Al moved to California, passed the bar exam on his first try and immediately began the practice of standup comedy.
Al practiced law during the day and comedy at night. Getting stage time is hard for a beginning comic, so Al would sometimes suddenly stand up in the middle of Denny's, and unannounced, do five minutes. And Al always did well because he had everyone’s rapt attention because people were scared he might hurt them!
Al gradually improved at comedy, getting work on the road and leaving the law behind. Within a year he won the $100,000 Comedy Grand Prize on Star Search. Doing the Tonight Show was a big childhood fantasy, so Al auditioned and became one of the last comics to appear with Johnny Carson. Al went on to do six more Tonight Show appearances with Jay Leno and made five appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman.
“Al Lubel is a terrifically funny comedian.” - David Letterman
Robin Morgan as MC
Robin is a Welsh stand-up, writer and warm-up artist based in London. On stage he is "wonderfully cheeky and engaging" (Three Weeks), and is "a phenomenal comic - utterly hilarious" (Broadway Baby). He performed his debut hour show at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival, receiving glowing reviews including ★★★★ from the Sunday Times. The show was later adapted into a half-hour recording for BBC Radio Wales, as 'Robin Morgan: Proposes'.
In 2018, Robin performed stand-up on BBC Two’s ‘Stand Up At BBC Wales’. Robin is also a seasoned comedy writer for television and radio, with credits including Have I Got News For You (BBC One), The Mash Report (BBC Two) Blind Date (C5), The News Quiz, The Now Show, Rich Hall’s US Election Breakdown and Spotlight Tonight with Nish Kumar (BBC R4), amongst others.
**All comedy line ups can be subject to change at short notice.