FROM the bible belt of America's deep south to the decadent paradise on earth that is the Bahamas, Joel Sanders has experienced both but says there's no place like Ruislip.
The mastermind of the borough's best-known comedy club has returned from working abroad to organise four nights of top-quality comedians performing at the Ruislip Golf Centre as part of Ruislip Comedy Week.
With individual sets from award-winning comics Jeff Green and Robin Ince tonight (Wednesday), followed by Richard Herring and Ian Stone on Thursday, Joel has certainly pulled out the stops in securing some big names on the comedy circuit.
Seven days later on Wednesday, July 23 Phil Nicholl and Nick Doody take their turn on the Ruislip stage.
Joel is excited about the prospect of the feast of funny men.
He says: "All of the Comedy Week's shows are great comedians performing their new material before they go to the Edinburgh Festival. This means our audiences will get to see and hear brand new comedy.
"Ruislip Golf Centre is a great venue because it is so intimate and, having been to countless comedy clubs all over the world, I can safely say there's nowhere like it.
"I was raised in Ruislip and have been organising comedy nights at the Golf Centre since 1996 and this is my longestrunning promotion so it's very close to my heart. We are not like other comedy clubs where acts only get twenty or thirty minutes to perform - most of our sets run for more than 90 minutes."
Joel has been busy performing in the USA and the Bahamas before coming back to the borough to stage the Comedy Week.
"I have been going back and forth to America for a while and have played some really rough 'red neck' venues and came out alive!
"I was recently in the Bahamas and performed at the Atlantis Resort where they have a £25,000 per night suite. It really is a different world."
Completing a month of activity at the Ruislip Golf Centre, rising star Paul Foot will be bringing his critically acclaimed show to the Comedy Bunker on July 30.
* For more information about the performers and ticket availability for Ruislip Comedy Week, visit www.comedybunker.co.uk