By Rob Thomas
AFTER several successful shows in 2012, Friday night saw the return of the “The Comedy Club” to Orsett Hall. The event was held in the Pavilion and was the perfect setting for what promised to be a great night.
Doors opened at 6pm so there was plenty of time before the show started to get a meal and to make a proper night of it. The food available was typical “comedy night” fare such as curry, chilli, burgers, rice, chips and for those watching their figure, a lovely salad.
At 9pm the show started and the first act, Joe Rowntree, came on to a luke warm reception. It seemed like he would be facing a tough crowd however, within minutes he got everyone clapping, cheering and whooping like Americans.
As with a lot of nights like this there are always a couple of hecklers who think they are funnier than the comedians, but Joe came back with some brilliant (but unrepeatable) put downs.
Most comedy clubs shut the bar while the acts are on to make sure all eyes are on the stage and there are no background noises. At Orsett Hall they offer a waitress service which is a nice touch. If, halfway through an act, you need to lubricate your chuckle muscles all you need to do it hold up a card and someone will come over to get your order.
The second act, Peter Francis, blasted onto the stage and had everyone eating out the palm of his hand. The fast talking comedian grabbed the audience by the scruff of the neck to ensure he had their full attention and pummelled them with gag after gag. Some of the jokes were little near the knuckle but it was great to see the crowd go with him and not take it seriously.
The final act of the night was not the one advertised. Originally, Paddy Lennox was due to headline the show but cancelled at the last minute. Luckily, the organisers managed to get a brilliant replacement in at short notice. Ricky Grover (you may know him as Hevver’s boyfriend, Andrew Cotton, on Eastenders) came on to the stage and put on a great act. Ricky, ex-boxer and ladies hairdresser (I kid you not), did such a good job that the audience lapped it up and ensured the night finished on a high.
Overall it was a brilliant show and is highly recommended. Whether you go as a couple or as a group, Orsett Hall will be able to cater for your party to ensure you have a great evening. There’s not enough of this sort of thing in the area so please support live comedy and go to The Comedy Club at Orsett Hall.
The next show will be on Friday 1st March 2013. Book your tickets ASAP as they go very quickly. Click the link for more information http://www.thecomedyclub.co.uk/venue-events/orsett-comedy-club.html