Jongleurs, the comedy club group founded by Maria Kempinska, is in discussions with a pub company regarding a possible tie-up, M&C Report has learnt. It is thought that the pub group would license the Jongleurs brand and run comedy nights in selected sites. Kempinska told M&C Report that the group was in talks with a pub chain but could not disclose its name at present. She said the company was also “looking for other interested parties” as it explores more ways to increase the brands presence. Last month, the group announced it was planning to raise £500,000 through a private placing as it looks to expand the brand internationally before a possible listing on AIM in 18 months time. It plans to use the fundraising to launch the brand internationally through comedy clubs, TV programmes and a talent agency. Kempinska said that the group, which is already in talks regarding opening a club, in New York would look at opportunities in Australia, the Far East and the Middle East. Opening a 300 to 500-person-capacity central London venue remains a priority for the group. It currently operates around 19 venues and comedy nights across the UK, which includes partnerships with nightclub operator Luminar, Novus Leisure and a number of venue launches under its franchise agreement with Momo Leisure.