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It'll be a great laugh when top comedy club opens!

Byline: Greg Lewis Investigations Reporter

CARDIFF'S newest comedy club will open in the New Year - bringing with it 50 jobs.

More than pounds 2m has been invested in Jongleurs, the comedy club which helped launch the careers of top stand-up comedians such as Harry Enfield and Julian Clary.

It is due to open at the Millennium Plaza - the massive development centred on a multi-screen cinema alongside the Millennium Stadium - after Christmas.

Bar-Risa, the cafe bar connected to Jongleurs, is due to open in early December.

As well as bringing alternative comedy acts to the city, Jongleurs is being billed as an all-round entertainment experience.

Customers can have a drink and a meal in the club or in Bar-Risa, enjoy nearly two hours of comedy then take to the dance floor until 2am.

Craig Burns, general manager of Cardiff Jongleurs, said:

"Jongleurs is the only place where you can eat, drink, watch high-quality stand-up comedy, and dance to the early hours."

The first Jongleurs club was opened in Battersea in 1983 by former drama teacher Maria Kempinska, who is still responsible for booking all the acts.

Stars who cut their teeth at the London club include Harry Enfield, Ben Elton, Jo Brand, Paul Merton, Rory Bremner, and Julian Clary.

The first Jongleurs club outside London opened in Leicester in 1997 and proved a huge success. Others followed in Southampton, Oxford, Nottingham, Watford and Portsmouth. More are planned.

Commercial director Andy Walder added: "We chose Cardiff because it's a great city.

It's vibrant, lively and expanding - a truly European capital.

"It will be the first Jongleurs in Wales and we think it will go down well because the Welsh have a great sense of humour."

Cardiff's first dedicated comedy venue, the Glee Club, opened in Cardiff Bay earlier this year.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 3, 2001
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