The Great Room means a lot to comedians. When I say means a lot, what I really mean is that it providesÂ a lot.Â
The Great Room is the biggest and most prestigious corporate dining hall in a London hotel. Its location helps.Â In the 5 star Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. DailyÂ (sometime twice daily) The Great RoomÂ hosts dinners and awards ceremonies which comedians are lucky enough to host or perform at and are paid handsomely for doing so.
This includes me and many other much moreÂ famous comediansÂ who would prefer to keep their involvement quiet. There is no kudosÂ in corporate entertainment -Â only money.Â But IÂ make noÂ apologies for this. If it was not forÂ such corporate gigs, I could never have written any of my books or films.Â I could never haveÂ afforded to – since the circuit comedy clubs have paid roughly the same money per gig for the last 20 odd years – circa Â£150-Â£200. Dare I say it, but what comedians need is a Bob Crow!
And I say all of this becauseÂ tomorrow I am going to an awards ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel – and inÂ The Great Room – albeitÂ I am not working the gig (shame) nor earning a penny (double shame) – but I am being picked up by a car and IÂ don’t have to worry about gettingÂ nervous.
It is The Empire Film Awards – and Nikki and I are going along as guests of our eldest son who is nominatedÂ in a category – and whether he wins or not – I will enjoy the event. Ed Byrne is hosting (luckyÂ sod, not to mention rich) – so it will be good to see him strut his stuff.
I usually look forward to gigs inÂ the Great Room becauseÂ they are a much needed earner in these straitened times. TomorrowÂ will not be but I am doubly excited nonethelessÂ – which is a good thing, I guess…