Hello! Welcome to the Howl Sanctuary, a place for comedy fans/nerds/geeks to chat, make friends and generally hang out with other comedy anoraks.
You might be a comedy bore, desperate to display your superior comedic knowledge. Why not write us a review of a recent gig? Or perhaps you are a solo legend, and are seeking new friends to go to gigs or festivals? Make new buddies on our Facebook group!
The serious yet oh-so-important bit:
We aim to be an inclusive community, where women and people from disadvantaged/marginalised groups are welcomed and not shouted down. Sadly I’ve seen this happen too many times, even in groups meant for lighthearted chat. We ask everyone to abide by the hopefully idiotproof community guidelines, and unacceptable behaviour will be challenged.
Who’s behind the Howl Sanctuary?
I’m Jay Jay and I wear the dubious crown of chief howler. I originally moved to London as a solo comedy fan and have made loads of friends and gig buddies through various fan groups. But although there were lots of individual fan pages, I couldn’t find a group for general fans of standup, so I started one.
I’m unapologetically political, although you don’t have to be.
One of the things that’s really important to me is that comedy is welcoming to all. I really hope that by arranging meetups we can create a friendly space for comedy fans who perhaps wouldn’t otherwise have gone alone.
I also think it’s important to have open discussions about sexism, homophobia, fatphobia, transphobia, ablism, racism, whorephobia and all the many nasties that pepper the comedy world (and the world is general), and so I sometimes write blogs, features or opinion pieces about these things. If you have any ideas or would like to contribute, get in touch.
I also blog about mental health here.