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Krater Comedy Club Review 2015

Upon entering the basement at Komedia where the Comedy Club is held, it was looking a little light on people. But by the time the announcement that the show was getting ready to start and to switch mobiles to silent, the place was packed and buzzing. The staff always seem really busy there, but maintain a friendly tone and good quality service with a smile, which goes a long way and puts you in a great mood for the rest of the night. A personal favourite of mine at the bar is a mixed pot of peanuts and mini-eggs at a steal for just £1!

Krater Comedy Club Review 2015 - Brighton

The compere for the night was the excitable Laura Lexx, a local comedian with more enthusiasm than The Lanes has quirky shops. A lot of her material came from pouncing on the front row people, as is to be expected in comedy shows, so if you’re the shy and reserved type or on a first date, you may wish to choose your seats carefully! Fortunately, on this Thursday night, the front row was filled with mostly 18 year old students who weren’t phased by having their early career choices slightly probed and mocked, all in good humour.

The opener, the unsurprisingly Welsh Rhodri Rhys started with a great joke about espresso before segueing into a set focused on changing his accent as he moved across the country, Cardiff on a Saturday night (which having experienced this myself rings very true), resentment for his successful friends and their “mid-winter BBQs” and mountain climbing. I really enjoyed his set and the audience seemed very responsive to his set. Always a good start to the night.

After an interval, next up was Jesus look-a-like Jay Handley. His resemblance to the Christian deity was uncanny, but I did find myself questioning whether he would have gotten into comedy without being the Lord Saviour’s doppelganger. That said, he really did look like him and his material was very funny. His story about bus companionship “til destination do us part” really cracked me up and I hope to see more of him on the circuit. Here’s a link I found to an interview with him – Jay Handley Interview

Krater Comedy Club Review 2015 - Jay Handley

Third up was Brummie giant Nicholas Clarke. His set was based mostly on his relationship counselling and for me fell a little too much on the dry side of anecdotal, without much comedic reward. After being unable to find any information online apart from his twitter, I can only assume that he may be in the early stages of his career on the comedy circuit, but I hope that he can mix things up in his set with some oneliners to keep the audience’s attention.

After another interval, headliner Romesh Ranganathan came confidently to the stage. I’ve seen him twice before in the last 6 months and both times I really enjoyed his set, so had high hopes for this one as well. His smart casual appearance and quick fire dialogue with the audience came across as confident, like a plumber fixing a sink for the 100th time: they just know what to do! His description of his son as “an unacceptable human being” really hit the spot for me. A lot of his humour was race related, but not dwelling on it and not saying the same kinds of things as other comedians from different cultural backgrounds might say. He advocated teachers and suggested leaving old people to be racist because they have earned it, an interesting and hilarious view when you think about it further. He talks about his veganism “to avoid dinner parties” and his mother’s alleged disgrace with his white attitude beneath his brown skin, or as he described it “coconut”.

Krater Comedy Club Review 2015

All in all, it was a great night. Everybody brought something different to the stage and the audience left in high spirits. With performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights,, there is always something to go and see over the weekend at Krater Comedy Club. With visiting acts each week, you can check the line up online at www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/krater or you can check out some great January deals here including £6 student tickets for the Saturday late show and Sunday shows.

Check out the full range of shows at Brighton Komedia here including music, comedy, theatre, dance, spoken word and children’s events.

The Noise Next Door Review – Brighton Komedia – 12th June 2014

With Komedia’s Krater Comedy Club dominating the weekend’s quota for comedy with consistently high standard stand-up, it must be a real challenge for any other comedy act to meet the audience’s expectations. The flip side of this is that Brighton’s comedy attending audiences know how to laugh and how to have a good time. This is particularly important in improvised comedy which relies heavily on audience participation such as The Noise Next Door.

The show was by no means your average compilation of stand-up acts, with a quintet of performers, joined by two special guests, on stage and all participating for the majority of the night. Imagine ‘Mock The Week’ but all the contestants working together to create a coherent two hour show rather than throwing in one-liners to get “points” for their team. By working together, The Noise Next Door are a truly formidable force of creative comedy at the peak of excellence.

The show was divided into three different types of sketch: musical numbers based entirely on audience generated material, physical situational comedy (again generated from audience material) and guest comedians performing stand-up slots before getting involved with the other sketches. These elements were mixed together well like ingredients of a cocktail, shaken up and served over ice with fruit on top to garnish.

The night opened with a hilarious improvised song about a new 70mph speed limit being enforced in Brighton by Mario, by penalty of spanking if caught not complying. With clever rhymes, funny voices and crazy actions it was a great start to the night, swiftly followed by a manic search for a solution to the problem of Tom being stuck to a football by tiramisu.

The first of the two guests was Canadian potty mouth Paul Myrehaug, whose anecdotes about being thrown in a drunk tank for unintentionally assaulting a police officer with a meatball sub and unicorn fantasies were a little out there, but generally received reasonably well. I thought his use of all five microphones to move across the stage was a nice touch however his contributions to the improv later on showed that he was not as practiced as the others in that area of comedy.

After a very skilled piece of physical comedy and mime where Tom (another Tom) and Matt were portraying all the props required in a search for a magic lamp, located in a home for dementia sufferers located on Machu Picchu, the second guest stand-up was Romesh Ranganathan. He talked about Indian culture, veganism and parenting in a side-splitting set, which was followed by a brutal interpretation of what Father’s Day would be like with his family, with the guys from TNND playing him, his wife and his two children, a cross-dressing 4-year-old and a feral 2-year-old, with Romesh sat on the side of the stage, squeaking a dog toy if they were accurate and tooting a horn if not. This was followed by the unexpected welcoming to the stage of his actual family, the children seeming happy and his wife taking it all in good spirits.

After an interval the show continued with much of the same, with the second half starting off by acting out several headlines that were written down by the audience during the break. The highlight of this for me was the three-way comedy carousel that was linking together three different sketches together via the topic of STD’s; A Loose Women show, a reggae song and a film that was Pretty Woman meets Thriller. The juxtaposition of these sketches worked very well and as with the rest of the show, was very well received.

The finale of the show was a boy band song based on the life on an audience member who was brought to sit up on stage to hear her beautiful ballad. The vodka-loving, marmalade-hating Marketing student who had aspirations to go to Thailand was mildly grilled, with criticisms of her “mickey-mouse degree”, the length of her denim shorts and an arsenal or semi-crude sexual puns (not unlike any other boy band song though!). After the initial look of “Get me out of here!!!” she seemed to enjoy it towards the end, before quietly shuffling back to her seat, probably with a thing or two to say to her friends who nominated her to go up.

By far the most impressive part of the show is the speed of which they manage to generate new and genuinely funny material, adapt to unexpected situations verbally and physically and perform in several different accents (some of which were better than others but for me the only thing funnier than somebody putting on a good accent is somebody trying and not quite getting it, so in my eyes that worked to their favour!).

The show is a regular at Komedia, however they will be going up to perform daily at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so will not be back until after the summer. For fans of comedy, stand-up or sitcoms, the show will be sure to tickle your funnybone from start to finish and the best part is that with improvised comedy, every night is a different performance! Check them out when you can! For more information or to buy a DVD, visit their website below.

http://www.thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/
@NoiseNextDoor