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The Comedy Store, London
It was named after The Comedy Store club in the United States, which Rosengard visited the previous year. Starting out above a strip club, in 1982 they moved to Leicester Square, a premises they were able to take over formally in 1985.
The club was the focus of the "alternative comedy" boom in the early eighties and helped start the careers of many comedians, including Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Ben Elton and Keith Allen.
In October 1985, an improvisational group called The Comedy Store Players was formed, consisting of Mike Myers, Neil Mullarkey , Kit Hollerbach , Dave Cohen and Paul Merton. The group has had several lineup changes over the years, and now features a rotating team of Neil Mullarkey , Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch (who also plays piano), Jim Sweeney , Lee Simpson and Andy Smart , together with frequent guest appearances. Several of The Comedy Store Players appeared on the Channel 4 comedy game show Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
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