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Reviewed 22 November 2010

We went to the comedy club as part of my hen weekend. We were not dressed up as the usual bunny girls or sexy police women, but a bunch of grannies instead!
We all (14 of us) went in and while standing at the bar the doorman approached some of them and said that they dont let fancy dress in as a rule and we better keep the noise down. Not a cracking start as we all felt we were doing something wrong and we weren't even being racous! It was a bit ot a dampner being told to be quiet in a place designed for fun and laughter!?
The first 2 acts we good (but we dont really think they saved the best till last) however in the mean time, we got told to be quiet again even though it wasn't us, but the people behind, A fight broke out amongst some lads (not in fancy dress i add) the other side of the hall and one of our granny party went outside to use the cash point directly outside and got smacked in the mouth for asking a girl to join the back of the queue and not jump in!
I also got told to stop 'distracting the crowd' from the comedy (hardly!) by being in character.
I think it should be clear on the website that fancy dress is not tolerated and most certainly not welcome, Despite this, we managed to enjoy the night and when the comedy finished it turned in to a nightclub which was not so bad.
We were not violent, abusive or intmidating. We didn't even heckle for fear of being chucked out! It was such a shame instead of talking about how good it was at breakfast, we spoke about the bad things instead.

Tip my hat (or rollers!) to the comedians but certainly not the hosts.

I appreciate you letting us in when you didn't have to but that is about it! People may travel a long way like we did and it is not fair for you to turn them away or make them feel bad. Nottingham is renowned for stag and hen nights and i recon about 95% of which will involve fancy dress of some kind.

Wish we had gone to GLEE comedy club instead who state on the website:

Are there any dress restrictions at the glee clubs?
No. Not at all. None whatsover. Although we prefer some clothing. Just to clarify, you will not be refused entry on the basis of what you are wearing unless it's a massive hat that stops the people behind you from seeing the show. Haircuts are another matter...

Now that is a friendlier place for sure?!

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JusttheTonic, Owner at Just the Tonic Comedy Club, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2011

I thought i'd take the time to respond to this review as the owner, booker and sometimes compere of the club.

Firstly, our web site does state that we do not accept fancy dress. This policy is so that when / if we have bunch of people that have been out drinking all day in a stag or hen group and they arrive in a bit of a state and in fancy dress then we have a good reason to turn them away. Very often large groups book for comedy and half of the group are not that interested in the comedy and will sit and chat amongst themselves. While ,dear reader, this may not seem much of a problem to you, if the whole room start doing it then the whole night is ruined. Our policy is to watch the room and ask people that are talking to be quiet and nip it in the bud before it spreads.

Our doorman was merely making a preemptive request that they remain quiet as a large group in fancy dress tends to be on a different agenda than the other people in the venue.

I was compering on this night, so I was one of the comedians that are complimented on this review. But I am also one of the hosts. Whilst the comedians were on I was watching this group of people and they were constantly talking amongst themselves. I also made a point, during the 2nd break, of talking to the girl who's hen night it was and asking her if she was enjoying it and explaining that it we need to keep a lid on chatting as it gets out of control otherwise and leads to complaints from other members of the audience. Thus was done politely and informerly. She was not complaining then.

I have no recollection of a fight breaking out during our comedy nights. Also, our club cannot be held responsible for someone outside the club, and nothing to do with us, smacking someone in the mouth. (some one that was dressed as a granny, out on a hen night asking people to queue up!). We cannot control all of Nottingham.

The reviewer also goes on to say that we asked her to stop distracting the crowd 'by being in character'. What does that mean? All we will have done was ask them to stop talking amongst themselves. We have over 250 people in most nights and do not just go around randomly picking on people and telling them off. We manage a comedy club and respect our audience.

If you read the review, you will see that the comedians were good (but they did not like the last one... not everyone appeals to everyone) that the club afterwards was good. All that was wrong was that they were asked to be quiet a few times throughout the show.

If you want to go to a comedy club that is run for the enjoyment of people wanting to watch comedy then i think we are the place. If you are wanting to go to a place which allows you to talk as much as you want and does not respect the enjoyment of those around you, then please don't come to us. We will always ask people that are chatting to be quiet.

We have been doing this for 17 years in Nottingham, are well respected in the city and by comedians for what we do. We have a lot of regulars and a loyal following. We aim to keep those people happy as well as first time and one off visitors. Large groups are accepted, but we merely ask them to respect other people that actually want to watch the show and not to arrive in fancy dress and 'be in character' (whatever that may mean)!

Come and have a laugh

Darrell Martin

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