EP76 - Mark Tughan - Founder of the Glee Club - How to create a credible comedy club chain.

March 17, 2017

Mark Tughan (@marktughan) opened the first Glee Comedy Club (@thegleeclub) over 20 years ago having just left his job as a city banker. He fell in love with comedy and put his money where his mouth is to become part of the industry. Today the Glee has 4 venues across the UK and continues to be (as he puts it) one of the elite "credible" comedy clubs outside of the London. 

We talked about...

  • How and why he decided to quit his day job in finance and start the first purpose built comedy club outside of London.
  • How the Glee Club reacted and dealt with competition in the cities they operate in.
  • Why other clubs have come and gone and yet the Glee Club has prevailed.
  • How the ride in the solo touring circuit has impacted the Glee Club.
  • Is it a conflict of interest having an agent (Off The Kerb) book your club?



This podcast would be great for anyone who is interested in gigging at the Glee Comedy Club chain or a professional comedian who already performs there who is interested in the venues history or a local comedy fan who wants to know more about what goes on behind-the-scenes at their local comedy club.

You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/MarkTughan
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/4uaWqWN82OY
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
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Want more content from me? Why wouldn't you! 
Please check out my other podcast - The Audio Time Capsule. In each episode a guest comes on, leaves 20 questions, then a year later comes back on and answers them. I then edit it so they're talking to their past self.
Here are the links - 

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