UK's Museum of Comedy Now Open
The Cooper Room, the Museum's purpose built performance space will feature performances from some of the hottest young Comedians including Nick Helm, Susan Calman, Glenn Wool and Tony Law (see listings information below) as well as specially commissioned and curated exhibitions which are due to run throughout the year.
As part of the Comedy Academy there will also be opportunities to take part in various comedy workshops over the coming months including courses from Logan Murray (a Comedy Summer School to Unlock Your Inner Idiot for Fun and Profit which runs from Tuesday, 26th to Saturday, 30th August) and In the Art of Close Up Magic from Jerry Sadowitz (a one day Card Magic Introduction on Saturday, 7th June and a six week course in Card Magic For Beginners which will run from Monday 16th June).
The inaugural exhibition in The Cooper Room will be a celebration of Tommy Cooper himself and will run from 28th May. The exhibition will include originals of some of Tommy's most famous magic tricks including his Guillotine, Dice Box, Flower Cannon and Table; an exhibition of photographs of Tommy by John Claridge. The Museum of Comedy will also be presenting Just Like That! - The Tommy Cooper Show by John Hewer which will run from 30th September. Exhibitions planned for the future include A History of Blackpool, The Alternative Comedy Explosion, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Kenneth Williams, The Story of Music Hall and Frankie Howerd.
There will also be an exhibition in the Museum itself from Photographer Steve Ullathorne from 16th June. His Comic Collection will feature portraits of comedians, both in the studio and in performance, which have appeared in National and International publications ranging from The Times to Hello Magazine, as well as on over 350 different posters for National Tours, The Edinburgh Festival and West End runs.