Comedy Club 4 Kids, The

  • 27 July 2006

This article is from 2006.

A comedy club for kids? It’s mad, crazy and deranged, but it might just work. In fact the first ever comedy club for kids has been up and running for a year, with great success. The brainchild of stand-up comedian, James Campbell, the show has its nerve centre at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre in London and is heading to Edinburgh for the first time.

Featuring a different line-up each evening, the show features established adult comedians rubbing shoulders with budding child comics, with Ed Byrne, Brendon Burns and Andrew Maxwell already booked to perform. The aim behind the show is to give funny youngsters a chance to hone their craft, and families an alternative comedy show without the swearing.

According to Campbell, young audiences are more discerning: ‘I don’t do adult gigs anymore because I got tired of having to dumb down all the time - kids have much longer concentration spans than adults, so you can do more complicated stuff.’ (Allan Radcliffe)

Underbelly, 0870 745 3083, 5-27 Aug (not 14), 5.40pm, £6-£7 (£5-£6). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £5 (£4).

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