International Comedy Club launched in Switzerland in 2006 as ‘Funny Laundry’, and is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this May, 2016.
Guy Stevens, son of British comedy & character actor, Ronnie Stevens, founded his touring club nights intent on bringing a regular programme of authentic, first class, comedy club culture to Switzerland, in English, for the very first time. Due to its increasing popularity and acceptance over the last decade, from being a niche ‘Expat’ entertainment, to part of the general cultural landscape in Switzerland, Europe and beyond, it now attracts Swiss and international Anglophones alike. Comedy Club shows run in Geneva, Lausanne, Basel & Zurich from September until June each year, with theatre shows every few months, and occasional arena shows too.
Since the first show in Zurich only the very best international English speaking comedians and comedy cabaret artists have performed, including well-known acts such as Eddie Izzard, Simon Amstell, Jim Jefferies, Russell Brand, Arthur Smith, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums, Ed Byrne, Russell Howard, Jimmy Carr, Matt Kirshen, Nina Conti, Kevin Bridges, Tom Rhodes, Ardal O’Hanlon, Dylan Moran, Guy Pratt, Tommy Tiernan, Lucy Porter, Rich Hall, Josh Widdecombe, Brendon Burns and John Cooper Clarke, to name a few.
Alongside them, international second (or third!) language English speaking comics have been pioneered & championed as part of regular line-ups as early as 2009, with Suisse Romande comedian, Thomas Wiesel , among them. A consistent, dedicated spotlight is always given to the very best up and coming talent in the native English speaking stand up comedy world, and the club stage is always open to an irregular, but enthusiastic stream of “open mics”, taking their first steps towards becoming the potential comedy stars of tomorrow.