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Jongleurs' new 'sold-out shows' website storm; COMEDY CLUB CLOSED DOWN SIX WEEKS AGO.

Byline: JON GRIFFIN Business Editor jon.griffin@trinitymirror.com

BIRMINGHAM comedy venue Jongleurs - which closed six weeks ago - has been accused of 'appalling mis-selling' after continuing to advertise sold-out shows on its website.

The troubled chain is at the centre of a new controversy after Nottinghambased Momo Leisure, which operates the Jongleurs comedy brand under a licensing agreement, went bust. The Jongleurs venue in Birmingham hit the rocks in mid-August when nightclub Bliss - which housed the comedy operation in its basement - shut down. The Bliss website currently says: "This venue is now closed."

But mystery surrounds the future of Jongleurs in Birmingham following the collapse of Momo Leisure hard on the heels of the closure of the Broad Street venue.

The Jongleurs website is continuing to advertise shows in Birmingham, including James Redmond and Tony Hendriks tonight and Rob Deering and Tony Hendriks tomorrow.

Both carry 'sorry, sold out' notices. Mark Tughan, chief executive of Birmingham's Glee Club, said: "Every show that is not taking place, they have just been labelling them sold out. Personally, I think that is a scandal, and is utter mis-selling.

"The venue is shut, Momo Leisure is bust, should these people be selling tickets for anything? "They have known for weeks that the venue is unlikely to re-open.

"Momo Leisure is now officially bust, and there is still no news of any re-opening. The August closure was the third time Jongleurs has shut in Birmingham." David Elphick, sales and marketing director of Momo Leisure, told the Mail in August that Jongleurs was seeking an alternative venue and was keen to reopen. He blamed the closure on the shutdown of Bliss.

He could not be contacted for comment.

The Mail contacted the Jongleurs ticket hotline where a man who gave his name only as Craig said of the Birmingham 'sold-out' shows: "It's to make sure that no bookings get taken for it.

"I do not know what is going on."

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Jongleurs Comedy Club was in the basement of the nightclub Bliss on Broad St, Birmingham, which has closed down.
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