Don Ward (comedian)

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Don Ward is a British comedy entrepreneur, producer and CEO of The Comedy Store which he co-founded in 1979 in London's Soho.[1] In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, and although he performed as a variety performer in the 1970s, he is not actually known as a comedian.

Owner of the London and Manchester Comedy Stores, he opened a branch in Leeds in 2002, but closed it after just eight months.[2][3] The company now has clubs in Manchester and Mumbai. In 2001 he founded the Manchester Comedy Festival.[4]

Ward started out as a stand-up himself, hosting rock and roll road shows with the stars of the day including Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde, and Billy Fury. He is also co-executive producer of The Comedy Store series for Comedy Central.


  1. ^ [1] Archived December 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "News oct02 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Comedy Store closed for business in Leeds : News". The Stage. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^ [2] Archived December 14, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.