The club was packed. Even upon entering Bar FM, it had that Saturday night buzz and it was only a Wednesday night! A significant amount of people were even happy to stand for the show. Lloyd Griffith MC’d the night, providing just the right level of audience banter to “get you in the mood” before each act came on. The great thing about Lloyd, especially as an MC, is the pace at which he builds up his material. The jokes are slick but the choir boy a capella surprise adds that extra level to his set, especially juxtaposing a Pavarotti-esque rendition with different “tape” impressions and so accurate that if someone had literally started to pull a piece of cellotape by the microphone you wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. The first comedian of the night was Nish Kumar, who humoured the audience with jokes centring around multiculturalism and being a British-Asian. Nothing wildly adventurous but he was articulate, his jokes were succinct and performed with that “easy watching” feel to his set.Details
Sara Shulman: How did you get into comedy?
Joe Wilkinson: My local pub was putting on an open mic night and I thought I might give it a go and I booked myself in and then felt sick with nerves everyday until I did it
Sara Shulman: Did you always want to go into comedy?
Joe Wilkinson: I have always loved comedy but I could never imagine myself doing it, it still feels very surreal
Sara Shulman: What was your first gig like?
Joe Wilkinson: I don’t remember a thing about it as I was so nervous. After someone told me that the first thing I said was “I’m not sure but I may have shat myself” What a great start to a comedy career
As soon as the ‘Bring It On’ theme tune filled the room, Tom Palmer and Tom Stourton burst on stage with their high energy cheerleading and over the top dance routine that sparked off the first sketch – a Club Med satire. Already you could see that their style was clever and sharp paying close attention to detail that made the sketches very funny indeed, a feature of their comedy that continued throughout the whole show.Details
“I always want to be an actress. From about 3. Although it was always comedy roles I gravitated towards. I usually ended up getting cast in the comedic roles too. I didn’t really know that it was a career choice growing up – but I always had a massive interest in it. When I was…Details
“As a Roland Juno-Di, a guitar and three microphones awaited the show to start, as well as a sold out Shaw Theatre, at just the sound of The Axis of Awesome on the voice over, the crowd went crazy and the group came on stage to the sound of rapturous applause and cheering. Straight away, the…Details
“As the audience stood in the bar area waiting for the Office Party Show to start, a woman who was in the same “Marketing” team as me, we’ll call her Barbara, shared her anxiety about attending an interactive-comedy night and how apprehensive she was about what to expect. The whole audience was divided up into…Details
Humour Me with Barry Castagnola – Armed Forces Special by Humour Me (Comedy Blogedy) on Mixcloud 12.11.11 This is a very special episode of Humour Me. Since tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday, we are paying tribute to the armed forces by playing you interviews with comedians who have experienced the world of military gigging. Chris Turner…Details
Bright Club is one of the most original and creative shows at the moment in both the comedy and academic world! The concept was pioneered by UCL and has grown all over the UK and is even spreading across the world! University professors and researchers, namely UCL (although there was one non-UCLer on the bill tonight) performed stand-up comedy about their field of interest along with other top comedians, including Lucy Porter. Each Bright Club show is themed, tonight it was themed on ‘Stars’, which meant that, amongst a variety of academic disciplines, there were lots of physicists, geographers…and even an archaeologist on the bill.Details
“The comedians that influence me are ones that aren’t comedians…everyday people, awesome folk I have conversations with. Watching top comedians works too, I would not have learnt many tricks of the trade to handle comedy as a profession, but my comedy relies on a chance encounter with a cashier at Costcutter or a newly-made friend,…Details
“Wisecrack Comedy Night is a new act/open mic night for aspiring comics and takes place at Central Station in King’s Cross. The event is run by Sahar Mirhadi and Lucy Jagger, who compere the nights with all the buzz and energy you would want at a new act comedy night… There’s a really supportive atmosphere…Details
“At Embankent, a local park or in your back garden perhaps – no, it was Mitch Benn and the Distractions that lit up The Bloomsbury stage tonight with a musical comedy spectacular of satire, puns and a made to order song about Prince Philip, Berlusconi and Justin Bieber…Of all the songs that were played in…Details
“Alun has a fantastic routine about his mortgage obligations and being tied in to being funny for its 25 year duration. I think what makes Cochrane stand out and really elevates him and his comedy above numerous other stand-ups is his complete lack of cynicism. This is most apparent when he talks about his wife…Details