The Groovie Grove Comedy Club is raising post-lockdown spirits
Gordana Micic has quite a story to tell. A scientist, engineer and managing consultant, she has also been a radio show host, one of the UK’s leading ballroom dancers, the first British-Serb female comedian and now she’s the driving force behind the Groovie Grove Comedy Club.
‘It’s wonderful to be part of a venture in the heart of the Hammersmith community,’ smiles Gordana. ‘The Grove has been hosting comedy for many years and it’s renowned as one of London’s best spaces; now, for the first time, we’re putting on a top quality show every night of the week.’
‘I’m working with Zeljko Radojevic, the landlord of the Grove Restaurant & Bar, and a group of exceptionally creative hosts and performers – among them Dave Lynch, Thomas W. Kelly, Dragos Mostenescu, Lucien Jack, Bruce Williams and Vic Melody – who all share a passion for comedy.
‘Our aim is to create a fun, friendly and supportive environment and provide an exciting variety of entertainment – stand-up and sketch comedy, musical and character comedy, cabaret and impro – that reflects the super-diversity of W6. That means booking and promoting talent from all backgrounds and walks of life and, as someone who has so often been the token woman on a bill, I’m particularly proud that we have a “Ladies hosting” night on Fridays.’
On Sunday and Monday nights established comedians can try out new material in a relaxed setting (the evening is always headlined by a well-known act). ‘From Tuesday to Thursday we focus on musical, character and sketch comedy, cabaret and special events,’ adds Gordana. ‘Then, on Fridays and Saturdays, we have our professional shows.
‘It’s been such a rough time over the last 18 months and we just want to make everyone laugh. You never know, we may even persuade our neighbour and Strictly champion Bill Bailey to come along and do a set – or dance a Waltz with me!’
Groovie Grove Comedy Club
Grove Bar & Restaurant
83 Hammersmith Grove
Hammersmith W6 0NQ