Peter Grahame, who runs the comedy club at Downstairs at the Kings Head in Crouch End, has been honoured with an Outstanding Achievement Award by Chortle.
Grahame said of his outstanding award: ‘Wow! What a surprise and honour to have been awarded this accolade – especially as it comes from colleagues in the business. I have never liked comedians, and barely tolerate them for the three hours I see them at my gigs, so, more fool them.
‘Huw Thomas and I started occasional comedy gigs Downstairs at the King’s Head in Crouch End in October 1981, and built to regular performances from around 1983, so this is sort of our 40th year.
‘The intention was to create a room that nurtured and encouraged the new, the odd and the mad in a welcoming environment. With the exception of my perma-misery, the club still has the same ethos and we are particularly proud that our Thursday Try Out nights (since 1986) have been the bridge to paid work for many professional performers.’
‘Joe Bor is currently finalising a film documenting the club’s history, hopefully premiering in February at The Leicester Comedy Festival. That is where you’ll be able to hear the disgusting truth about me from acts. In the meantime, I will keep the trophy until is taken off me – just after the premiere.’
Well done Peter! Richly deserved award. Here’s a trailer for the forthcoming film: