Last night we went out to see another live comedy gig, Having been browsing the Internet earlier in the week, Jo stumbled upon an event just down the road from us called Love Comedy. Held in the auspicious and grandiose setting of the local Holiday Inn, this evening offered 4 comedians and a compere for £10 each. That’s pretty bargainous by anyones standards at just £2 a comedian.
I had never heard of any of the acts on last night, which is a shame, as I spent a lot if time laughing. So I am writing this blog post for a number of reasons, firstly, it’ll help me remember the names of the comedians so I can look out for them in future, secondly it will be an opportunity to give them an extra bit of publicity and recognition, and thirdly, it’ll stop people hassling me about doing a blog post 😉
The compere for the evening was Benjamin Schofield (or One Man Wanking In An Isolated Shed as he is sometimes known). Ben is a funny man, no doubt about it, looking like a cross between Jesus and Hagrid he managed to get the crowd going and keep them laughing. His introductions seemed a little bit longer than normal for a compere, but this was a bonus as his material was excellent. Almost as amusing as his material itself the crowds response to his newspaper article routine, an interesting, and quite accurate, view of how the same story gets twisted by the media. His Daily Mail article was spot on. I’ll be keepin an eye out for Ben on future.
First act was a character known as Danny Pensive. A rather surreal start as a short duffel coat wearing man walks on stage and starts singing (albeit out of tune, but it wouldn’t have been as funny if it was in-tune) about the virtues of keeping fish as pets. Danny is an odd character, that sees the world in odd clarity, and questions the accepted norm with a very simplistic and amusing approach. Buying a TV will never be the same.
John Gray was up next, and unfortunately he was the weak link of the evening, his material showed potential, but the whole set was the telling of one story and you were egging him on to get to the end. Alas it seems that John was very nervous and stumbled over his words a few times, but with a little confidence and a bit of work on his delivery he will do fine.
Adam Staunton was our third helping of fun for the evening. A twenty something Liverpudlian that looks like a fourteen year old, all helped by his glasses and “long” hair. I’ll say it now, Adam is funny. Playing on his looks he pokes fun at himself, and his life using witty one liners to lead you along with a storyline and then completely skew your view with a hilarious backhanded comment. Adam is another one I’ll be keeping an eye out for, but not on a school night. 😉
The headliner for the evening was…… Strange. It has been pointed out that Canadians have a weird sense of humour, and Wes Zaharuk is no exception. A very eclectic collection of one liners, audience participation, quick change routines and a fetish for things that suck or blow (vacuums and leaf blowers that is ). Wes was good, in a semi naked overweight middle-aged man with a sink plunger kind of way. Highs and lows of his set both involved audience members, the high was the skit at the end where someone provided his arm movements ( a la “whose line is it anyway”) complete with the fastest banana peeling known to man. The low….. the audience numpty who thought it would be funny, instead of shuffling the cards, to throw them in the air mid card trick.
All in all an excellent evening. The next one is the end of February, and we will certainly do our best to get there.