Despite several no-shows last night, we had a really fun show. The utterly hilarious Chandkiran N kicked things off with a cracking set that educated us all in sub-continent continence etiquette and the effete nature of the Andrex square. Aidan Fox was next with some ponderances on the advantage of sight and the disadvantages of owning a trump shirt. We then had some parenting wisdom from Mark Peace: if you can’t beat your child, why have them? I think he nicked that from the Dalai Lama. Laura Mackenzie was after Mark with tales of being a mature student at bar school. After Laura we had Connor Yeates. Conner, who has recently discovered he is black, is now in great demand with his white friends, who, thanks to him, enjoy the added white privilege of being able to proclaim they can’t possibly be racist because they know Connor. Closing the first half we had the acting manager of The Pleasure Groan, the hilarious Jack Hoosie (aka Gareth Edward). From the Whitney Whirlpool to the Midler Maze and the Deitrich Dungeon, jack took us on a fascinating tour of Yorkshire’s third cleanest gay sauna. Which oddly enough left us all feeling a little bit dirty. Brilliant stuff.
After the break and little bit of magic with a deck of cards and a fork, the deliciously dry Doug Graves got us pondering some of life’s great questions. Stuff like if the Queen had no legs, would she be a drag queen? It was then over to EJ Aljaedy and life laid out as a pigeon on the tube metaphor: just how did it get there and where is it going? The wonderful Lily Webb was up next with some reassurances that she is not Alan Carr…she’s way too butch. Next, making her G&B and stand-up debut, was Alice Kinoulty. Alice recently got rid of her social media accounts because she felt she didn’t want to rely on the validation of strangers… So she took up comedy. As first sets go, this was a cracker. Tim Biglowe was after Alice with tales of life in the fast lane. Specifically, the four mile an hour canal boat fast lane. The evening’s penultimate act was Martin Dixon, who’s made several high profile drug busts back in the day…when he was toilet monitor at school. Closing the show last night we had a last minute change of headliner billing. In place of our advertised headliner we had the simply hilarious Dave Lynch. Talk about saving the day and smashing the room, Dave hit the crowd with everything from lockdown bingo (plus everyone’s favourite lockdown. Yes, it was the first one!) and how many litres of lube is too much to the mystery of the shelf above the loo and its esoteric purpose. Cracking stuff.