The BSCC award winning, International Comedy Club, launched in 2006 as Funny Laundry. Having established stand up comedy culture in Switzerland by laundering tons & tons of solid gold laughs into the joke bank, in 2019/20, it is embarking on it’s 15th year of Funny Laundering.
Guy Stevens, son of well-known British comedy & character actor Ronnie Stevens, created regular, touring club nights intent on sharing top quality English language laughs, whilst establishing a programme of authentic, professional, comedy club culture in Switzerland: bringing something brand new to the entertainment landscape of the country, filling the gap of non-existent, regular, professional entertainment in English in Switzerland, and to try and earn a living in this highest, of high cost of living nations.
Since the very first show in Zurich in May 2006, only the very best international English speaking comics have performed, including Michael McIntyre, Eddie Izzard, Simon Amstell, Sarah Millican, Jim Jefferies, Russell Brand, Dara O’Briain, 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, Daniel Sloss and John Cooper Clarke, to name just 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 stand up, Thomas Wiesel, among them. A consistent, dedicated spotlight is always given to the very best up and coming talent in the international English speaking stand up comedy world.
After 13 years, International Comedy Club, having kick-started stand up in the French and German speaking regions, is now a part of the general cultural landscape in Switzerland. And since 2017, having long since laid down a blueprint for international English speaking stand up for multilingual audiences, hilariously, this now includes some blatant copycat operations in Switzerland itself. Very funny, Funny Laundry, indeed.
Shows in Bern, Morges and Lausanne have also happened over the years and currently, regular club shows are to be found in Geneva, Basel & Zurich, from September until June each year, with theatre, and occasional arena shows around the country, too.
Maintaining the very highest standards is what has built International Comedy Club’s reputation. Keeping those standards high is what sets it apart and makes it the truly unique entity it is. In the new global market for international English speaking comedy, International Comedy Club continues to be an instrumental, and pioneering force.
“Seymour” + Red Hot Chili Peppers – Foxy Lady [One Hour with Jonathan Ross – UK C4 – 16th March 1990]
General Disclaimer: Jackanapes Productions GmbH/International Comedy Club is not associated with or linked to any other other English speaking stand up or alternative comedy enterprise in Switzerland