Sunday, May 8th, Star of Kings

Sunday, May 8th, Star of Kings
Yesterday’s G&B started at 1pm with a meeting of our writers’ group, which rather than sit downstairs in the club took up residence outside in the glorious sunshine. From the occasions where I dipped in now and then, they seemed to be getting some great work done. Now with the sun making an afternoon in a dark club less of a fun prospect, I wasn’t sure how busy we’d be. Well, we were absolutely packed and had a cracker of a show.
First to the mic was the hilarious Joe O’Donovan who more than anything wants to be as famous as Kate Middleton so people just lose their shit if he’s seen in the same dress twice. It was then over to Connor Yeates with a very new take on roadkill. A very new take! Connor was on true cracking form and ended up with part of his set being the running gag reference throughout the entire show. SJ Wyatt was after Connor with just why coffee is a traitor to the working classes before Joe Chambers confessed that his friends always think of his mum at all the wrong moments. Alex Rubins was next with the mastery of the high impact shushing. Think karate with a single, upright finger. Jeroen Bloemhoff was after Alex with just why guys are more likely to get mugged. It’s criminal economic misogyny. Hot on Jeroen’s heels was Indi Madray. Indi’s brother, aka boss man, is the family’s successful sibling. But Indi moved from her family town of Grimsby to Peckham, so who’s the successful one now!? Well, probably her brother again, really. It was then over to Gareth Ball and whether VHS is the new strain of covid before Ren Pereira gave us the 3 C’s of 21st century Armageddon: Covid, Climate Change and that C**t Putin. Closing the first half was the wonderful Sallyann Fellowes. From what to do if your mechanic has a stroke, or not, to why laxative chocolates make a poor gift choice to just how a bewildered moth might walk. Just fabulous.
After the break and the discovery of just how ‘contaminated’ our bank notes might be, the show got going thank to Roger Clarke and the joys of Sizewell B foundations and a well organised midlife crisis. It was then over to Bish Marzook and just why she’s less afraid of being shot up in the US and more scared of being knocked up. Ben Levett was after Bish with why he got himself a life coach in the aim of being an overachiever like Peppa Pig. Charlotte Latimer was next with how to screw up[ your hard drives: fill them with pics of David Duchovny. Elliot Rose then gave us something to consider, the LGBT North/South divide as seen via the metaphor of the pigeon/seagull conundrum. It was then over to Leah Davis who wants to be a retro bride and not invite everyone she has ever shared a prosecco with. Next up, and doing her first proper stand-up set, was Giulia Bottaro. A little while back Giullia discovered gastro paradise in Aberdeen…in the bins behind M&S. Great first set, Giulia! Matt Lowes was the afternoon’s penultimate act. Now usually on a sunny day like Sunday he be found gayzing on the grass on Clapham Common, so we were very lucky to have him at G&B…fully clothed. Closing the show was the brilliant Anthony Jeannot. Turns out Anthony hit a life crisis moment recently when an event caused his life to flash before his eyes. And as two of the greatest things that flashed before him were just really good pizzas, he’s wondering if he might need to up his game.
So that was Sunday at The Star of Kings and it was an absolute joy of a show. Headlining next Sunday we have New Act winner Gary Walsh and the utterly brilliant Nick Everritt.