It’s 8.15pm, time to start. We have about 20 punters in the room and that’s all we are going to get, over half the guest list didn’t turn up. Nor did they manage to let me know they were not turning up… and as for the supposed 57 people who said they were coming on FB… you guys are off the Christmas card list for at least a year, possibly two!
Anyway, no time to worry about all that, with a quick nod to James Dowdeswell the MC we were good to go.
James engaged with the audience and the audience engaged back. Phew, sometimes the audience is not in the mood to get involved, though tonight they were on good form.
It wasn’t long before he had met everyone in the room, especially Janine Newberry, a model in the front row. And more importantly located every banker and nailed them happily. Though the bankers were in good spirits, I think they’d had some bonuses recently. Harrah.
With the room warmed up it was time for our opener. Ben Van Der Velde walked on, full of energy and madness. I wasn’t too sure which direction he was going to go!
I liked his style, he acted as if he has prepared nothing and was just chatting to people, like one would do in the pub, which is exactly where we were. Though every now and again I’d catch a subtle link or comedy magic, which the crowd would happily lap up. His energy and movements around the stage were great and I felt it was the opening we needed to keep this audience focused.
Laurence Owen was up next after the interval. I loved his material when we performed on the same bill a few months ago. I knew we were in good hands as a replacement for myself. That time he was playing a guitar, so when he handed me an iPod, I had no idea what to expect! He had re-written the words to Frozen (crumbs if it’s not Frozen then please forgive me I do not have any children to force me to watch this stuff over and over and over…)
As I pressed the all important ‘Play’ button we were off. Laurence, who was wearing an immaculate shirt and tie with his perfect side parting and ‘I’m a grown up glasses’, exploded into his act. As he jumped up onto an empty chair (one positive for not having a full house tonight) he started to sing whilst doing an impression of a gnome or goblin, before suddenly dancing like a fairy for a second; it was the last thing I or anyone was expecting! The audience loved it. I loved it. The only downside was that I only booked him in for 10 mins. I will be offering him a paid spot in 2015 as a middle or possibly opener!
Joe Bor was next on the stage, he is normally a headliner act, so when he said he was happy to do a middle set I couldn’t believe my luck.
Before Joe went on stage I noticed him scribbling in his ‘Comedy Material Book’ (which all comics have on them at all times). He couldn’t be tweaking stuff at this late hour could he?
Instead it turns out he had written most of his set right here, right now! Wow. That’s impressive. I tried this once and well let’s just say it ended rather badly. Anyway, with his hand covered in very neat and very small writing he was on.
His cheeky jokes about being Jewish and his new love of ‘pigs in blankets’ were very very funny. I loved his comments after a few jokes about them being so silly and doing a little giggle too, creating a very ‘within the moment’ feel to the act making it all so much more believable.
It was time for the headliner to close the night. Marlon Davis, who I had only ever seen on TV was ready to tell us a few random funny stories.
Marlon, walks on the ‘pretend stage’ as he called it, with his loveable cheeky grin, and started telling a story about some slightly random moment in his life involving coming face-to-face with a tied up sex slave and another story of his love of football and a certain footballer who loved eating other footballers ears!
It was a great night and a great line up. I loved just running the night, though I felt something was missing with me not performing. I have therefore made the decision that next month, 16th Oct, I will move back to MC.