Give us a yoke – man proposes to girlfriend during comedy show

Tuesday, April 17 2012

Soho Comedy Club marriage proposal

Soho Comedy Club was brought to a standstill last weekend when a member of the audience got up on stage and proposed to his girlfriend.

The second section of the Saturday night show at the Empire Casino, Leicester Square, was just beginning when SCC co-founder and host Kate Smurthwaite (right) spoke to Tom Cowley, who was sat on the front row.

After a brief MC-punter exchange about his job, Tom was invited onstage, where in front of a shocked audience, he said: "I'm sorry to interrupt, it's not gonna be a joke but I've gotta ask somebody who means a lot to me, Nichola [Byrne], will you marry me?" To the audience's, and no doubt Tom's, delight, Nichola said yes.

Smurthwaite said that a nervous Tom spoke to her at the beginning of the night about his plan. She said: "Tom told me what he wanted to do and he and I roughly planned how it would go, though obviously there wasn't time to go through details.

"We decided he'd do it after the first interval as I was introducing the first act in the middle section. I thought it went very well. She was incredibly happy, totally over the moon.

"I've been doing comedy for eight years and watching comedy forever. I've never seen this happen before, and it was so cool to be a part of it."

The happy couple sneaked out of the show shortly afterwards and returned at the end of the night, when the venue gave out a free glass of bubbly to the entire audience.

Here's a video of the proposal, which, shockingly, was "disliked" by the first person who rated it:

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