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on Tuesday, 01 April 2014
You would think that somewhere in London, what with Great Britain being home to some of the greatest comedy to date, there would be some sort of museum to our comedy history. Astonishingly there is not. Until today that is.

The long-overdue Museum of Comedy will open its doors at the end of April and will no doubt become a tourist hotspot.

comedy-1Clockwise from top left: Tommy Cooper's Plant Stand, Russ Abbott's Seagull, Fawlty Towers Phone, Brandsbury Williams' Jacket, Tommy Cooper's Guillotine, Peter Kay: First Top of the Tower, Charlie Caroli Clown Shoes

Curated by Leicester Square Theatre Director, Martin Witts whose career spans over three decades in the comedy industry, you can expect to see a collection of over six hundred artefacts. Some of the gems (mostly from Witts' own private collection) include Tommy Cooper's handmade magic props, The Two Ronnies' glasses, Charlie Chaplin's cane and Steptoe and Son's stuffed bear. not to mention pews from a number of religious comedies including The Vicar of Dibley, Father Ted and Rev.


comedy-2From left: Barry Cryer, John Bishop, Johnny Vegas, Mark Thomas

Despite having permanent exhibitions covering particular aspects or personalities within the comedy world, this is the first time that the UK will have such an expansive collection of Comedy ephemera housed under one roof. That roof being a purpose built space in the under crypt of St George's Church Bloomsbury.

The Museum's remit will be to illustrate the history of British comedy from Court Jester to the popular Stand Up Comedians of today. This new location of laughter is a must for all comedy fans.

The Museum of Comedy The Undercroft, St Georges Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SR 020 7534 1744 www.museumofcomedy.com
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