Top comedy club closes in Norwich - but scene is still thriving

One of the most prestigious comedy clubs in Norwich has closed but the scene is still thriving in the city, according to event organisers.

Jongleurs opened last year and ran on Friday and Saturday nights at the city's Project nightclub in Riverside.

Nightclub operator Luminar, parent company of Project, was bought by a consortium of three leisure industry leaders, Peter Marks, Alex Geffert and Joe Heanen in December last year, after the company went into administration in October.

A spokesman for the company confirmed that Jongleurs was no longer at Project and said the closure reflected 'new thinking' on behalf of the new owners.

However, Caz Slota, from the management team at Norwich Playhouse, which stages comedy events, said she was positive the city's comedy scene could survive.

She said: 'It's always a shame when a performance venue closes, but Norwich's comedy scene is thriving and this closure shouldn't hurt it.

'Both the Red Card Comedy Club and the Comedy Store at the Forum present fantastic regular club-style comedy events, and you can watch one-man shows by big comedy names here at the Playhouse and at the Theatre Royal – not to mention all the smaller comedy events and organisations across Norwich, for example the Salt Box Comedy nights at the Birdcage and Arts Centre.'

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