upstairs bar @ Hampstead CAFE ROUGE
38-39 Hampstead High St, London NW3 1QE
just 1 minute walk from Hampstead tube
Wild beast of comedy
controversial mad man
"Ian Cognito delivered a performance with all the presence, clarity and direction of a true virtuoso player. This electrifying, terrifying and ultimately vulnerable performer warmed a cold Glasgow audience to boiling point. Stand up should always be like this" - The List
"Cognito’s indignant polemic is a bracing antidote to more amiable routines. When a comedian can transform rage into humour without diluting their passion, the result is always riveting. Share his inspired madness" - The Guardian
"Cognito puts them all in the shade. If you want to know what's wrong with New Britain, Ian Cognito’s going to tell you. And if you don’t, you’d be advised to keep your mouth shut. Just stunning" - The Guardian
If messed up comedians are the most interesting, Ian Cognito is up there with the greats. He rants but not without thought. How is the comeback going? Very nastily, thanks" - The Evening Standard
"After half an hour in the company of the constantly self-excoriating Cognito, all other comedians begin to seem like people in public relations." - The Evening Standard
Cognito is still hard to ignore, a raging bull goaded by a flaming sense of injustice." - The Independent
"There is no doubting Ian Cognito’s blazing talent as a stand up, but his capacity for self destruction has ensured he’s never gained the recognition or status he’d otherwise have so effortlessly claimed. You know Cognito will never prostitute what he does just to play the game, he is a comedian through and through." - Time Out
exciting /hugely entertaining
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Brian moved around quite a bit in his early life, eventually staying for eight years in Tucson, Arizona before he and his family moved to Southern California in his mid-teens.
He’d developed an interest in Rock & Roll Music from a very early age, buying lots of records and remembering all the trivial information about all the then current hits.
By the time he was ready to graduate high school, he was sure that being a Rock Star was his career choice, having switched over from cello to guitar at age 15, and almost immediately being able to play along with over half of any given week’s top 40 tunes, since most of them had no more than five chords anyway.
He moved to San Francisco after one year of college to further his dream. Unfortunately, he couldn’t take the role of Rock Star seriously enough, so with Rick & Ruby, who began as a 1950‘s revival act, he was able to develop his flair for satire and parody.
Brian had always envisioned living in England, originally from the British Invasion music, but then discovering in his young adulthood a liking for British humour as well. As the US comedy scene in the late 1990’s began to be less to his liking, and his second marriage was crumbling (He now has three divorces to his discredit), he chose to look across the Pond, and has never looked back.
Brit audiences have appreciated not only the variety of music that he can explore in 30 minutes on stage, but his ability to create on the spot material solely by audience suggestion.
Rick Right history:
In the early 1970’s, Brian and his best friend Monica Ganas started an act called Rick & Ruby that worked out of San Francisco. The act was a mix of music and comedy, with Rick mostly as the straight man, and became well-known among the Bay Area club scene.
Within five years, the act, by then a trio with the addition of keyboardist Joshua “Raoul” Brody, was playing large venues all across the country, gaining national exposure through a 1979 tour as opening act for Robin Williams. From there came TV appearances on the national talk show circuit, as well as guest spots on “Mork & Mindy,” “The Pee Wee Herman Show,” and HBO’s Young Comedians Special.
In 1986, Monica, now married and mother of two, chose to retire from the scene to go back to school and get her Ph.D, while Brian chose to try a career as a solo stand-up with his guitar. During the whole Rick & Ruby era, Rick never had a surname, and needed one for a solo career. The booker of his first gig, needing a name to put in the publicity, asked him, “You’ll still be using the name Rick, right?” “Yeah, Rick Right sounds good,” was Rick’s reply, and the name has stuck.
smashing funny storyteller
MC Martin Besserman
Doors 7.30pm show starts 8.30 pm
advance tickets only £15.00 / Students £11.00
(£17.50 on door)
for info Tel 07932 338203
food is available
If wishing to dine please aim to arrive at least 1and half hours before the show
Monkey Business is always ready to celebrate a birthday
so do let me know if you are celebrating one and we will try to make it that bit extra special .
Please note that line ups are subject to late change but are correct at time of going to press.
Monkey Business comedy is comedy from the heart
"The superb established Monkey Business comedy club always has good solid line-ups and its run by amiable Martin Besserman :Tim Arthur former Time Out comedy editor