Last night was Arch1 and kicking the show off we had Gary Walsh, a lad who’d been kidnapped in his youth only to discover his mom refused to pay up…under any circumstances. It was then over to Morag, a gal from The Orkney’s, where jury service can often be too much of a family affair. After Morag we had Ramon Diaz who is sad about Sean Lock, but reckons it has left a vacancy at the top. Our next act, Elliott Brown, is a proud vegan who admits he’ll happily kill with a vegetarian cook book if the situation demands. Matt Heath then took us through the plumbing systems of rabbit warrens and weed allergies before Mark Nicholas celebrated our national autism recruitment policy, aka the vaccine rollout. Connor Yeates then offloaded the traumas of having recently discovered he was black, but has since done great work making his friends feel more woke. After Connor we had a G&B regular, the hilarious Ryan Cross who answered the question, when is a funeral not a funeral? When you’re asked to leave for calling it a leaving do. Closing the first half was a real G&B fave, the fabulous Dick Denham. From cock-a-poo dog fights to the real front line health workers – Holland & Barret employees – to how to screw with your work colleagues and their pronoun traumas, Dick had the room in riotous laughter.
After the break and a bit of cheeky mindreading, we got going with Louis Pollick and the traumas of the Neveau poor. It was then over to Anky Damz and why the rule of three sucks but the rap rules. Then, nipping in between fares, we had Doug Graves, a man with some deep unresolved issues with the entire Uber network. Laurence Kite was next with some awesome tats and tales of death row romance before Dian Cathal explained their cancer family tree and just why looking young isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Closing the show was the simply brilliant Ashish Suri, the comic with the heart of Obama and the face of Osama. Ashish has been house sharing with five ladies, one of whom is single, but he has no idea which. I think this is a mystery that will endure the ages. Brilliant stuff, as always.
So that was last night. Thanks to everyone, acts and audience for making it a fun show. Headlining next Wednesday at Arch1 we have the hilarious Henry Ginsberg and the return of a real G&B fave, Hassan Dervish. Hopefully see you then.