Heard the one about the HR man who launched a comedy club?
Paul Corbin had a good job in human resources with a big corporation in the City, but something was wrong.
When he celebrated a significant birthday with a party in the basement of Off Broadway just south of London Fields, he realised life had become too comfortable. It was time for a change.
Someone suggested he run comedy nights at the hip Dalston bar and Corbin — who asserts, since you are wondering, that his HR role never required him to sack anyone — thought “Why not?”
He has launched what he terms “an evening of comedy, magic, music and performance in East London’s best cocktail bar”.
The first night was well attended, none of the acts had nervous breakdowns and the bar did a good trade.
Corbin says: “My aim is to make it a good night for performers as well as the audience, which means I’m open to any kind of acts, especially the local, a night where they can experiment with new stuff.
“Performers can do up to 20 minutes, rather than the five to eight that is usual at open mic nights.
“Though the night is free, I’ll be asking the audience, if they’ve enjoyed themselves, for donations, to be split evenly between the acts.”
* Off-Broadway, 63 Broadway Mkt, Lon E8 4PH. Comedy every fortnight: details