Yesterday’s Sunday afternoon at The Star of Kings was a load of fun. Kicking things off was the brilliant Greg Houston who’s a little put out by religious fundamentalist types and why he’s never been targeted for radicalisation. That’s a rejection too far. Next was Jack Short and the dubious efficacy of some sanctions, like why Disney’s Anastasia should be cancelled. Tino Giaccotto was after Jack with the problems of insomnia…which comes in grams, apparently. Benedetto Sacco was hot on Tino’s heels with, well, I think it was something about the Jamaican weather house where the world’s meteorologists live. I could be wrong, as i got transfixed by the costume change and wig that appeared at the end. So I’m looking forward to the next time Benedetto’s on to fully appreciate this wonderful storm front of silliness. It was then over to Mark Vincent, the man with the sex penthouse…for rodents. After mark was Andrew Perkins, the cool dude with the kazoo and the hangover from hell. It was then over to Sam Adamson and why you dad might not be the best person to get your first ‘pill’ from. Closing the first half was the birthday gal herself, the fabulous Barbara Fernandez. From song to zombie porn and just why comedy might be the better option between laughs and serial killing, Barbara was in her element and owning the stage.
After the break, and some birthday cake, Barbara and her son showed their bond with a little bit of spooky magic before we swapped MC’s so Gary Manhine could take over the second half. The first act Gary brought to the stage was Rohan Sharma who told us just how close he was with his nan. Gemma Louisianna then explained why being old enough to remember The Generation Game just means she’s now old enough and broke enough to now know why the contestants got so excited about winning a new washing machine. It was then over to our favourite punmeister, the puntastic Mark Rivlin. At 66, Mark still has it and was out clubbing all weekend. He’s knackered now, though, because some of those seals put up quite the fight. Charles Virgo was after Mark with the problems with amnesia… After mark we had Charles Virgo and his problems living with amnesia. It was then over to JJ Tomlinson and the problem of being on the same dating app as your mum. Oskaras Šiuša then had us all sympathising with his problems arising from the French election before Brendan Lemon told us about doing comedy during lockdown in Texas, where they’re only afraid of one thing: Mexicans and liberals…and basic math education. The evening’s penultimate act was the wonderful Shahbaaz Mahboubi who reckons bullying is a bit like cocaine: it’s ok so long as it’s in moderation. Closing the show was the utterly hilarious Donal Vaughan. From his brilliant take on the familial dynamics of the UK to the meaty aroma of apple juice and just how to sharpen the contents of your bedside drawer so it can pierce through plastic, Donal had the room in tears of laughter.