It was another capacity room at Royal George Charing Cross Road last night and they were a wonderfully up for it crowd, too. It was a perfect room to make your MC debut and that’s exactly what Steven Mayne got. As far as first MC spots go, Steven nailed it. The first act of the night Steven brought to the stage was the hilarious Tom Gaskin with just why crabs might enjoy a cocktail umbrella. After Tom we had Sadie Clark. Sadie’s observed that the straight, white men in her life seem to spend half their time apologising for their existence and the other half mansplaining feminism to her. It was then over to Jack Gerry who’s wondering if he might be an anti-vaxer, because he reckons it’s wrong to jab kids…when an undercut is way more effective. After Jack was Daniel Webb, whom along with Monet really can’t stand Twitter. Samia Hussen was next with why chatting up women is so much harder than chatting up men; with men all it takes is a tilt of the head and you’re in. It was then over to the fabulously bizarre James Sutton and why he wears socks in bed during sex: they’re not as efficient as condoms, but they’re far more convenient. Hot on James’ heels was Marc Molnar. Marc recently joined a new start-up company and finds himself the oldest person in the office. That’s not the problem, the beanbags they use for seating is, however: they’re not designed for the over forties! We then had Jack Davies and why compliments to your shoes and socks might not really be compliments at all before Louis Brady explained just why we need to stop using the phrase ‘fish out of water’. It’s wrong on so many levels it seems. Closing the first half was the simply brilliant Carla Gordon. Carla, a self-described wholesome lass who’s a dab hand with a dog’s anal glands (and who may have given someone a rather unfortunate new nickname last night), has almost single-handedly sorted out male privilege and feminism. There really is no end to Carla‘s talents.
After the break Steven got things off to a great start before bringing on the hilarious Charlie Evans, who when a young un’ wanted to be a football man. He’s now more focused on his new career of offensive voiceover work. It was then over to Sassy Clyde who recommends never getting adult toy advice from your mum. It was then over to Joe Thomas and the joys of zero hour contracts and just why getting paid less is your employer’s way of saying they care. After Joe we had cabbie extraordinaire, the wonderful Doug Graves. Doug has some fabulous gags about South London, but it was after 9.30pm and we just couldn’t get him to go there. It was then the turn of George Bugden and 21st century double dropping: getting your flu and Covid jabs on the same day. We then had Billy Kerr, a firefighter who was once told only an idiot would run into a burning building…by his mum! The evening’s penultimate act was G&B fave, Alex Theo. Alex let us all into a great little secret on how to get yourself some serious discounts on your next MOT whilst also doing your bit for a better tomorrow. Closing the show was the Ben Kavanagh and his impressive instrument. From the best ever elevator music to dick jigsaws and a little Latin samba, Ben’s mellifluous comedy had them in absolute tears of laughter. Utterly brilliant.