Here at Tallinn Property we like to comment on some of the attractions that this city offers, aside from the thriving real estate market!
Comedy Estonia is an organization which puts on, as its name suggests, comedy acts in Tallinn and all over Estonia, simultaneously fostering local talent and bringing great international names from the world of standup to Tallinn.
Founded over two years ago with its first tentative outings in Tartu, which proved to be highly successful, it has snowballed into shows for all levels of comics and would-be comics, from the regular open mic nights two or three times a month in Tallinn and Tartu, through to the big comedy nights once a month at the louche Club Prive in Tallinn.
Two highly successful tours of provincial Estonian towns including Pärnu and Rakvere have followed and attracted the attention of the local media.
As if that were not enough, in April this year Comedy Estonia were able to promote and host standup with Dylan Moran, a noted Irish comic whose credits include Channel 4’s (UK) ‘Black Books’ and romantic comedy movie ‘Notting Hill’. The show, at the Vene Kulturi Keskus (Russian cultural centre) in Tallinn was an instant hit, so much so that tickets were snapped up within hours of going on sale and an extra date was added!
The success of the show spread the word further, and Dylan became the first English speaking standup act to ever appear in Russia, at an impromptu show in St. Petersburg on the back of his Tallinn success, with Comedy Estonia’s own Louis Zezeran following up this feat, appearing as a standup in that city in May.
This Wednesday (20th June) sees the popular Club Prive night featuring Anders Stjernholm (Denmark) and Tom Rhodes (US) – the latter has appeared on the Comedy Central cable TV channel in the States and has had his own standup show on Dutch TV to boot.
Comics can perform their acts in either Estonian or English, with roughly a 50:50 split between Estonian comics (who often perform in English) and a variety of other nationalities, so there is something for everyone.
The best standup acts from the Scandinavian countries regularly take the ferry to Tallinn to perform, all year round.
If you’re in Tallinn and like good comedy, be sure to check out their website for dates, or if you’re feeling brave you can even put yourself down for an open mic slot (details on the site)!