So it was G&B’s 8th Birthday! last night and what a truly awesome show it turned out to be. I couldn’t have been happier with everything from the turnout to the line-up. Nights like this one make everything so worthwhile. I even had a tear in my eye at several points during the night…which hasn’t happened since the 80’s!
Kicking off the night was a familiar face to everyone who gigged at The Royal George last year, the simply hilarious Steven Mayne. Steven popped the night’s cork with a simply beautiful intro that would have had me blushing if I hadn’t had my cheeks cauterised back in 92. The show then started off with something rather different for a comedy gig. Everyone took part in a little experiment to bring us all together and live in the moment. That moment being 8th of March 2022. You really had to be there for this one. It was then over to the brilliant Greg Houston to get the comedy started in glorious style. Greg sees himself as a bit of a catch with the ladies. The ladies, however, see him as a catch and release, apparently. It was then over to Sunday Schtick’s Craig Smalls who’s belly baby is due any month now. He thinks it’s a boy and is determined to keep it: his body his choice…and diet. Jack Short then explained the world’s current war dilemma in Tindr terms we could all get on board with. It seems Putin is Ukraine’s batshit crazy, toxic ex. And we’ve all had one of those! talking of batshit crazy, our next act was the rollercoaster ride of crazy that is The Rev Pie Crust (aka Paul Gardner). Taking us back in time to Elizabeth I, The Rev took us on the kind of magical journey of mysticism only he could come up with. Utterly fabulous! Georgia Thorp was after The Rev with the news that she was shocked to discover her son’s sexual preference. She was sure she’d weaned the heterosexuality out of him. Next was Connor Yeates who defined exactly what middle aged was…and I don’t make the cut, apparently! Steve Vertigo, the Storytelling king of the bizarre, story was after Connor with news that he has decided to pick up where Stephen Hawking left off and is going to be the UK’s resident genius in the field theoretical physics. His ideas for outer space beef farming may have merit. It was then over to Barbara Fernandez and the problems with opposing split heritage and split personality. Closing the first half was the wonderful Ashish Suri. Turns out Ashish isn’t a big fan of Beyonce, and even less so the stupidity of her husband, who really doesn’t seem to understand the basics on how to cheat on your Mrs.
After the break, we had another guest open the show. This time it was the adorable Jo Fletcher-Cross. Jo got the crowd up for it and then introduced the internationally renowned psychic, Millicent Moon (aka Gemma Barry). Millicent explained how she was going to demonstrate her incredible psychic powers and had even brought along her glamorous assistant to help. Millicent then played a blindfolded game of noughts and crosses, only to then prove she knew all along how it would all play out. After Millicent we had Gary Manhine, a man who observed social distancing during lockdown and discovered the joys of letterbox sex. Absolute G&B fave, Donal Vaughan, was after Gary with the confession that he rather lost interest in the LGBTQIA+ community when he started to get it confused with his wifi password. We then had, Ryan Sheehan, an act who was a relative newcomer to G&B, and he wasted no time in letting us all know just that. It was then over to Lily Webb, the gal whom we’d all be picking confetti out of our hair because of if we’d been sitting in a BGT audience. Our penultimate act was the sass and fabulous that is Martin Joseph. Martin left the crowd with a great piece of life advice: never use a bulb douche to baste a turkey. Wise words indeed. Closing the show, as he did back 8 years ago, we had the comedy legend that is President Obonjo. His Excellency wasted no time getting the room to its feet to swear allegiance to him and The Lafta Republic which, for those who are not up with their geography, is the country next to Wakanda. There are few acts who can truly command a room like President Obonjo, holding everyone’s utter undivided attention with the sheer force of will and power of personality. Watching a set from The President you really get how cult leaders win a crowd. All hail The President!!!