Wednesday at Arch1 saw the return of one of G&B’s most popular nights, our Growing Old Disgracefully night. And what a night it was. It was also great to see some familiar faces in the audience last night, Nativ, Jimmy, Lucy, Andy and several others. So great to see you all. The show got going with Simon Hall, who isn’t a scientist, so wouldn’t be so arrogant to try lecture you on anything, but he is a vegan, so doesn’t need to because he knows deep down he’s better than you. After Simon we had the fabulous Cecilia Delatori. Cecilia’s mother is now well into her 80’s and it seems the secret of her longevity is Cecilia’s incredible ability to restrain herself. After Cecilia we had the hilarious Alastair Sadler who, thanks to his unique perspective as a professional therapist, explained to us the professional, medical term for anti-vaxers. Turns out it is what we all thought: wanker. Next was the legend that is Jimbo Beaumont. Jimbo had tears in the eyes of the audience when he told us that he lost his grandmother to the pandemic…the Spanish flu one! It was then over to the bundle of fun that is Gary Shaw who took us from alcoholism to stealing dogs from the blind to getting rid of elderly parents. I think we can all agree, he is quite definitely mellowing with age. The digital marvel that is Simon Harriyott was after Gary with the confession that when he was a kid he was always on his Amstrad, whereas his parents were convinced he was on the spectrum. Hot on Simon’s heels was the wonderful Gemma Barry and everything from romance to unisex clothing and the cunning strategy game that is not being first to say the ‘L’ word. After Gemma we had Bob Walsh, who was simply overjoyed to report his son has just taken his first steps. Less enthusiastic to report the lazy bugger’s in his 30’s! Closing the first half was the brilliant David Ferguson. David shared with us some of his priceless pearls of wisdom and as well as why Madonna apathy should be a punishable crime, before telling us how to come out via a magazine subscription. Just great fun.
After the break we had some of G&B’s magic, only last night the dark powers of sorcery were handed over to Gemma Barry who spookily and spot on divined whose balls were a chilly blue and whose were a deep, sunburnt red. After this the comedy got going thanks to the gorgeous comedy of Gordana Mićić who recently discovered a new safe word: Aaaaaarrrrrrghhhhhhh! I think she’d have preferred her toyboy used something a little more discrret…but he’ll learn. G&B Online sensation, Roger Clarke, was next with everything from magnetic elephants to plumbing projects and hemorrhoidal fascinations. And if you want to catch Roger’s now infamous Porn Hub Pupperty, he’ll be headlining G&B Online this coming Monday (August 2nd). It was then over to Faversham fringe aficionado, Harun Musho’d and the ins and outs of Kent’s covid rules for dogging. It was then over to Paul Scahill and the rules of complimentary literature: hotels have Gideons Bibles, white vans have The Sun. G&B’s favourite punster, the utterly puntastic Mark Rivlin was after Paul with an all-out, non-stop attack on the comedy senses and the best chick pea joke known to man! The glorious Dora Flowers was next with a tale of foreskin uncertainty and the steepest learning curve. Closing the show we had one of G&B’s absolute favourite acts, the comedy brilliance that is Declan Kennedy. First of all teaching the room in a masterclass of effortless creepy, Declan then went on to delight the room with tales of Shatner, why Bezos really wants to leave planet Earth and who might actually be to blame for the Kennedy assassination. Pure and utter gold and the crowd couldn’t get enough.