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Walnut Whip will be new, different and exciting. A feast of entertainment, including cabaret, burlesque, poetry and comedy in Margate and beyond…

Not just comedy, we need you to expect the unexpected: magic, ventriloquism, erotic cabaret and more. Our goal is to entertain you, make you laugh, and send you home happy.

Presenting hedonism, cabaret and comedy in Margate and then…

Who knows?

London? Ramsgate?
Chipping Norton?
The World is our Oystercard…

Crack Me Up! Comedy Club

When we get going, you can see what’s on here and buy tickets here

Who are we to talk about comedy and cabaret and burlesque and exciting happenings not previously covered? That’s what you’re asking, isn’t it? Be honest…

We’ve been involved in entertaining audiences and making them laugh for a long time.

Way back in the dim and distant past, when comedy was all Bernard Manning and “How are your mother-in-law’s tits?”, there was a glimmer of light in the wilderness. That spark of innovation came from a group of “alternative comedians” called Alternative Cabaret. Their number included Alexei Sayle, Tony Allen, Andy De La Tour, Jim Barclay, and others.

Very Brief History of Alternative Comedy

In 1979, Alternative Cabaret started in the pubs of London, playing one-night-stands for a split of the door takings. First at the Elgin near Ladbroke Grove, then wider afield. Mainly comedy but musical acts and eccentric performers as well.

Pretty soon, change was afoot: comedy was becoming edgier. The acts that started appearing on a rough and very small alternative comedy circuit began to expand. Groundbreaking performers like Arnold Brown, Jim McDonald, 20th Century Coyote (featuring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson), Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders, Keith Allen, Nigel Planer, Ben Elton, Andy de la Tour, Pauline Melville, Chisholm and Stevens and Gasmask and Hopkins were added.
The circuit expanded further. In May 1979, insurance salesman Peter Rosengard and failed comedian Don Ward started the Comedy Store on Saturday nights at the Gargoyle Club in Soho. Names like Ronnie Golden, Otiz Cannelloni, Randolph the Remarkable, Andrew Bailey, Helen Lederer, John Hegley, Norman Lovett, and The Iceman began to appear there and at pop-up venues in London and beyond. Gradually, Comedy became fashionable. Later additions to the British comedy scene included Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and Rob Newman, Richard Herring and Stewart Lee, Rory Bremner, Arthur Smith, Linda Smith, Mark Steel, Mark Lamarr, Mark Thomas, and a lot of other people called Mark.
It just kept on growing, but sadly, the writer of this fascinating history of Alternative Comedy has run out of energy. Maybe there’ll be more later. Watch this space…

The first appearance of 20th Century Coyote (Ade Edmondson & Rik Mayall) at the Comedy Store, London, 1979

Why Margate?

If you’re going to watch comedy, unexploded variety, and suchlike, where better than Margate?
As most people know, Margate is a British seaside resort on the Kent coast. Together with Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Westgate-on-Sea, Birchington and a whole load of villages, Margate is on the Isle of Thanet. Thanet was once separated from the rest of Kent by the Wantsum River, but that was long ago. Before the internet even…

Margate is a mix of old-time seaside vibes and modern ‘hipster’ cred. The traditional seaside-town fixtures of sandy beaches, kiss-me-quick hats, fish and chips, seafood stalls and amusements now come with a new twist. Enjoy the renowned Turner sunset whilst sitting on the seafront steps or enjoying a drink or fishy treat in a seafront café, bar or restaurant.

When visiting Margate — or even if you live here — you must visit Turner Contemporary, the stunning new art gallery with constantly-changing exhibitions and one of Britain’s best cafés. Dreamland is Britain’s oldest theme park, including the UK’s second oldest wooden roller coaster.

Aside from dozens of great pubs, bars, cafés, and shops, there’s plenty to see and do in Margate. Don’t miss the Old Town, the Crab MuseumThe Shell Grotto, and Margate Caves.
And, of course, the best comedy, music, and cabaret at Olby’s Creative Hub.

Margate’s seafront and beach, the Turner Contemporary and Olby’s Creative Hub…

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