Comedy clubs were in vogue when I lived in London in the mid eighties. Every neighbourhood pub and wine bar from middle class suburbia to working class stronghold hosted a night of stand up and novelty acts. Comedy doesn't seem to be a very common feature of the local entertainment scene, so when my local pub advertised a comedy evening, I didn't need too much arm twisting to go along to an evening of assorted comic turns all washed down with the excellent house craft beer selection.
Konor Halpin stalwart of the local comedy scene acted as anchor and opened the procedings, Dermot Sullivan drew on his memories of rural childhood and juvenile hurling experience in a style reminiscent of Pat Shortt. The duo evoked memories of Hall's Pictorial Weekly parodying political figures. Dixy Conway dwelt on the trials of fatherhood and this and that. Tony Black, spoof hynotist ventriloquist, (who I think is Cork based was very slick and James Ryan did extraordinary things with a hammer and screwdriver even if we couldn't bring ourselves to watch. I left out one, a young farming type had a go.
Not all of was brilliant but it wasn't bad at all.Unusually it didn't rely on saying certain local slang words in a Waterford accent for a laugh. I enjoyed it and laughed a lot. What more could you ask . Admission was little more than the price of a pint.
The intimate venue wasn't packed, it has to be said - undeservedly so I might even work on my own 'grumpy old woman' rant for a future night.
Next Comedy Cartel evening is Thursday 12th March
Phil Grimes Pub John St Waterford
|Tony Black Ventiloquist|
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