A really great show – a full house
I didn’t know what to expect from Mark. I could find very little about him on the internet and yet here was an act who had ‘headliner act’ stamped all over him. He came on stage and promptly announced that he was a bitter and twisted 54 year old and the audience started laughing straight away and didn’t stop throughout his 27 minutes. At the end of his act, when he announced he was going, the audience groaned and one member shouted “don’t go”.
Rik is normally a headline act and has just moved to Birmingham. He asked if he could do 5 minutes of brand new material. The material was amazing. Great story of how he met his childhood hero – George Takai of Star Trek.
Following such a strong performance by Rik Carrenza, it was going to be hard, but Cressida Wetton achieved it with aplomb. Excellent material about life in the West Country and moving to London. She was also good at mimicking accents and using different voices.
Ukes Not Dead
A strong 10 minutes from Steve Grainger – known on the folk circuit as Ukes Not Dead. He writes his own comedy songs….which for this 10 minutes where about his life turning 30: how he has mentally been a middle aged person all his life and his body is now catching up.
Christian delivered the goods. A strong highly intelligent and funny 30 minutes. It was also nice to have a large German contingent at the front, who had a long chat with him afterwards.