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!
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
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”.
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.