Saturday, 23rd February 2013. Chilly to say the least, but the four comedians booked for Comedy on the Common played to a busier than usual house. Everyone who braved the elements was treated to a high standard of comedic offerings. I understand they are now booking their own acts. One of my spies tells me there was a bit of a to-do at Christmas which helped precipitate the change. Whether true or not, the evening’s entertainment was outstanding.
Jamie Bowen from New Zealand opened with a series of pithy observations, then it was the turn of Njambi McGrath, a young Kenyan woman with her distinctive delivery. After another bog-and-bar break, Omar Hamdi, an Egyptian brought up in Wales, brought his explosive energy to the stage. Scotsman Geoff Boyz completed a superb night’s comedy. Even the microphone stand became a source of mirth when he likened it to Posh Spice. Kate Smurthwaite, as resident compere, hosted the night until she had to dash off to another booking.
Even sitting on the front row at the side, we weren’t made the butt of jokes which is often a worry when you go to comedy nights. Everyone left with their dignity intact, and having enjoyed excellent value for money. Drinks are priced somewhat lower than pub prices. The icing on the cake was being able to walk home after seeing comedians that people in other venues have to pay a lot more to see. Even if stand up comedy is not really your ‘thing’, I would encourage everyone to see for themselves at least once.