Purpose Built Liverpool Comedy Club, Restaurant & Bar
Purpose Built Liverpool Comedy Club, Restaurant & Bar
Liverpool's 1st purpose built 7 night a week comedy club, bar & restaurant with live music & much more
Liverpool's 1st purpose built 7 night a week comedy club, bar & restaurant with live music & much more Read more
Six years ago, two brothers from Liverpool began a small, open mic comedy club which would become, not only one of the major players on the liverpool comedy scene, but also arguably the most valuable resource in growing and progressing new talent Liverpool comedy has seen in decades. In that time the flagship, Sunday open mic night has given rise to full pro lineups every Friday and Saturday and a massively popular Wednesday night new material show. All of these shows, whilst different in style, maintain the core underlying ethos of progressing new talent, supporting live comedy and providing an affordable, friendly, familiar place that comedy lovers can go to see talent from all over the world.
This progression hasn’t been an easy one. The hard work that the two brothers, Paul Blair and Binty Blair, put into this club can be seen in all aspects of the club. From the effective branding and marketing right down to the face to face greeting of guests on the door, Paul and Binty throw themselves completely into providing the experience Hot Water fans have come to expect from the club. Their personal approach enabling them to make venues which on the face of it should not have been very suitable for live comedy work very well.
It is this exact drive and passion that the two brothers hope to bring to their exciting new venture. A new, purpose built, stand alone comedy venue, right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, with live comedy every night of the week. With this move Hot Water should make the move to Liverpool’s premier comedy venue, but with this it will not lose sight of it’s core values, progressing new talent. Paul Smith, long time resident host of Hot Water said ‘The new venue is so exciting, it’s what we have been working for all these years. We can hopefully continue to grow and progress, not only new stand ups but Liverpool comedy in general. If we look at the wealth of talent that our nights have been instrumental in producing over the last six years, this new venue, and the facilities Paul and Binty want to provide, should really take it all to the next level’.
It is these new idea’s that perhaps make this new venture most exciting. Not only do Hot Water want to give a platform for new stand up to grow, but all facets of comedy in 2016. They recognise that while live stand up is their first love. There are a lot of talented comedy minds who would prefer a different creative outlet. Youtube, podcasts, sketch and screenwriting. These are all things that the new home of Hot Water will hope to provide the facilities for creating. Elevating it beyond a comedy venue to a complete hub for comedy in general, where people from Liverpool, the UK and even Internationally, will congregate and create projects that will change the landscape of comedy. A grand vision indeed.
In order to enable this vision, the brothers have decided to run a kickstarter campaign to raise the additional funds necessary to provide these community facilities. Elder brother Binty commented ‘When we were planning the new venue, obviously our first thought were to get the performance space right, but the we just kept having ideas, podcast booths, green screens, photo studios, writing workshops, all great things which will help us to give anyone interested in creating comedy a chance to do so. This has also been the way we have approached stand up and that approach has been really successful so far. So it seemed like the next logical step to provide all this extra good stuff’.
The kickstarter campaign, will enable members of the general public to pledge money in return for rewards. It will also give long time fans of the club a chance to feel like more of a part of this project. A project which, if the past six years is any indication, has the potential to dramatically change the face of UK comedy and quite possibly give rise to the stars of the future.
We've set a minimum target of £10,000.
The first £10,000 (if we reach it) will go towards setting up our podcast booth.
This is going to be a completely separate unit inside our venue that will be fully soundproofed and offer an affordable recording studio that will have high spec equipment for interviews/podcasts and anything else.
We have lots of other ideas that we will definitely eventually add in the long term but it would be incredible to be able to add this earlier if we reach more than our target.
We want to open up the balcony space (currently blocked by a brick wall), not only for it to be used during the daytime but to also become a 2nd outdoor performance space and live music area.
We're also planning on adding a photo studio/workshop space. This will tie in with us being able to offer free workshop space during the daytime and also offering affordable photography for comedians needing headshots or photos for their Edinburgh shows.
Risks and challenges
Risks & Challenges
This is all brand new territory for us with the restaurant being open all day every day as well as actually running the bar and everything else that comes with it but we can't wait and although it is risky we've been building up to this for the past 6 years.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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