Opening Night at Star of Kings, Tuesday, August 10th

Opening Night at Star of Kings, Tuesday, August 10th

Last night was our opening night at Star Of Kings near Kings Cross and it turned out to be a cracker of a night. A nicely busy room full of punters there for the comedy and to see what our new night was like got a great show, kicked off by Matthew Bradfield, who unknowingly set a bit of a mental health theme to the proceedings. Matthew, who had married young, went on to compare his marriage to his boxing career: it was short-lived, painful and had to contact below the belt. After Matthew we had Lee VG. Lee has eventually come to terms with the fact his name is a little too close for comfort to that of the punchiest of STD infections. It was then over to David Ferguson and why he’s not talking to his folks, despite the fact they are ok with his existence as a gay man. Very progressive. We then had another Northern Irish Glaswegian, Chris McCurry, whose idea of getting quality therapy is finding out its cost, which never fails to make him laugh. Nalin Dissanyake was after Chris with just why we should cut down the rainforest and bring it to David Attenborough’s back garden. He’s a national treasure and the travel is clearly getting too much for him. It was then the turn of Andy Bucks, a man who has cornered the market in email revenge and who has an interesting take on why vets don’t seem to get the concept of reassuring euphemisms. It was then over the wonderful Emily McQuade and just how Europe might have looked if Mussolini has had to get to grips with the concept of a tight five. After Emily was the representative of the Harlow tourist board, Gary Shaw, who delivered their summer slogan: come for the cream teas and the toby jugs, stay for the random knife crime. Eat your hearts out Sachi & Sachi. Closing the first half was the man, myth and political monster that is Stevie Bee. Stevie lost none of his fury over lockdown, so no surprise there. From why no one should’ve expected Boris to predict the outcome of a pandemic (because he was too busy not predicting the outcome of Brexit) or why after his covid policies killed more than the Luftwaffe we shouldn’t be treating him like Florence Nightingale, the crowd got a real sense that Stevie wasn’t a big Boris fan.

After the break and a bit of endorphin pain-controlled hypnosis, we got off to a cracking start with the hilarious Alastair Sadler and the difference between shabby chic and sheepy shag, plus the magic of the one word creep out. It was then on to Mark Nicholas who explained just why he had to drop the Bur***d and what the difference between a Golem and a Smeagol is. Erin Barry was hot on Mark’s heels with just what to do is your dating app matches you with your dentist before Alex Theo introduced us to the concept of the mythological creature that is the non-homophobic mechanic. I’ll believe it when I see it. It was then over to Jimmy Grimble and some great tips on how to properly service wash a sex robot. Not as easy as you might think. Lewis Badham was after Jimmy with tales of Captain Hook’s nemesis and the worrying sound next to you on a plane. CJ Hopkins was the evening’s penultimate act with lessons on the correct etiquette and niceties for a sex party. Plus the two most intimidating words to hear at same: “Your turn!”. Closing the show was the legendary Jerry Bakewell. Jerry is probably the most difficult act to summarise in a write-up for two reasons: you really do have to ‘be there’ for so much so what he does and I’m usually too busy crying with laughter to be able to write. From profiterole alliterations to a stop motion impression of the building of The Marble Arch Mound (I think Jerry’s impression was way more popular than the real thing!), Jerry had the room in a unison of aching sides from laughter. Brilliant stuff.

So that was our first night at Star of Kings. Thanks to everyone, acts and audience, for making it such a fun evening. Headlining next Tuesday we have a double treat for you in the shape of Declan Kennedy and Henry Ginsberg. Hopefully see you then.