You know, I’ve discovered recently that people actually review comedy. I haven’t quite got my head around this yet, because it fits into two categories in my opinion: funny or not funny. Therefore I write this with hesitation, or a caution to the reader, as my thoughts come very similarly to Mark Kermode reviewing a comedy. If it makes you laugh, it’s pretty good.
The 3rd of August 2016 saw me going to Leadmill comedy club. First of, Leadmill is one of my favourite places on earth. It’s a place that swapped a bag of skips for free entry to a club night, and it gives out Red Stripe for 30p every now and again. Not to mention the great music, free tacos and top atmosphere. Before this turns into a really awkward ‘clubs to go to’ piece, just know that it’s a really cool venue. The headliner was Paul Tonkinson, who I was slightly familiar with and yes he was funny. Incredibly so, and he’s got this weird mix of smart comedy with that Yorkshire style. Essentially you get all the cliche’s (hilarious ones) of a working class northern comedian, blended in with some charming satire. A particular bit where he played Brexit through an impersonation of Europe (just French) was notably comical.
With this semi-famous headliner you get three other acts, who are either touring comics or paving there way through the scene. One of those being the compere, who basically just did his job without really creasing you. Then there is the other two, where a real divide happened. The first of the two (David Whitney) really made me laugh. His style is described as political satire and ‘proper filth’. All I can say is that he was equally both and I was not surprised to see that he’s got a strong reputation on the circuit. Next was a guy with a great name but not a great set, Winter Foenander. This is about as near death as you could get and it was almost at that point when you feel desperately sorry for the guy. The thing is is that he did have some humorous lines but by then it was kind of awkward to laugh, or move, or make a noise. Overall though, the stem and meat of the whole comedy was really enjoyable, whilst mostly sober.
I wanted to write this without talking about the actual comedy, but it’s ended up with me saying ‘funny’ a lot. There’s just no other way to look at it. The Leadmill have had people like Sara Pascoe and Mark Watson to the event, so you get the sense that it’s quite prestigious. And the highlight of the evening has to be the Copacabana tables.
A real comedy website that makes far more sense than this, where @ writes is: http://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/