I grew up watching stand-up comedians on television because my father loved them.
Saturday night was “The Comedians” night in our house as the likes of Bernard Manning, Colin Crompton, Charlie Williams and Mike Reid left us in hysterics with their jokes about everyday life.
Funhouse Comedy Club at Spalding’s South Holland Centre on Friday is one of the successors to such TV gold, with East London comic Gerry K (for Kyei), south Londoner Marc Lucero (pictured) and ex-TV and radio presenter Tom Binns trying to make their audience laugh.
The show was held together by Craig Murray whose main claim to fame is appearing in TV adverts for an internet provider.
There were some genuinely funny moments, especially when Binns became hapless hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury whose “cardinal sins” included the playing of Mike and the Mechanics’ 1995 hit Over My Shoulder for an imaginary patient hurt in a motorcycle accident.
Gerry K’s impression of Riverdance and Lucero’s complaint about the colour of suits available from special offers in newspapers were also high points.
But someone should be brave enough to tell these comedians that a never-ending endless stream of swear words and sexual innuendo isn’t funny at all.
Comedy Review by Winston Brown