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About Us

This site brings brings together the corporate entertainment wing of award-winning
comedy promoters The Funny Side and the corporate training division of Sprout Ideas,
to create a one-stop-shop for all your corporate comedy needs.


About The Funny Side

The Funny Side is one of the UK’s leading comedy promoters and provides a range of
live comedy services to corporate clients.

Whether you'd like to:

The Funny Side can help.

The Funny Side launched its first club, 'The Funny Side...of Covent Garden', in April 2006.
Originally running just once a week, within the space of a year it had won
'Best Comedy Venue (London Small)' in The Chortle Awards and, due to its rapidly increasing popularity, had expanded to operate on Wednesdays and Fridays in addition to Sundays. Thursdays and Saturdays soon followed and until February 2010 it was one of
the only clubs in the country to offer top quality stand-up comedy five nights a week.

2010 was a year of change for The Funny Side with it's host venue in Covent Garden
being sold and the lovely Covent Garden function room, which had acted as a stage
for the likes of Lee Mack, Harry Hill and even Hollywood superstar Robin Williams, found itself turned into a commercial kitchen. Luckily The George on the Strand, located just a 5 minute walk away, stepped in to give The Funny Side of Covent Garden a new home for Saturday evenings.

Despite this unexpected setback, the company continues to see healthy growth, seeking out new venues in keeping with The Funny Side's 'boutique' appeal. The Funny Side of Earlsfield launched in 2010 and runs monthly on Saturdays at local Arts Centre TARA Studio.

In 2011 another new club The Funny Side All New in Leicester Square was founded at the Koha Cafe, Leicester Square - a new, variety-focused comedy night running every Wednesday.

In addition to clubs, The Funny Side operates in a range of other areas within the comedy
industry including writing and directing, production, promotion, graphic and web design
and artist management.


About Sprout Ideas

Creativity is within's true!

Many people believe that they are not 'the creative type' but everyone can be.
Improvisation involves creating something out of nothing and Sprout Ideas Corporate
Training revolves around Improvisation skills.

SPROUT IDEAS was founded in 1998 by Dave Bourn.

His experience in the impro field stretches back to the early 1990's when he started
improvising as a cure for anxiety. He performed with London TheatreSports and Scared
Scriptless before becoming a 'Sprout'. Since then he has also directed many sell-out
Edinburgh shows, for acts including: Felix Dexter, Carey Marx, Stephen K Amos and
Phil Nichol (which won Nichol a Perrier nomination in 2002). He is also a writer and
co-manages The Funny Side.

Looking for our comedy shows or training events for the public?
Click here for shows | Click here for Courses in Improvisation