The Friday Show – ft Craig Hill, Damian Clark, Zoe, Louise Young and host Susan Morrison
March 23rd The Stand, Newcastle
After researching the comedian John Robertson and his dark room, after previously seeing him at Runefest, I decided if he had any dates in Newcastle coming up, in which he did. However, it was not until next month, so that gave me a chance to go and test the place out before going to see him. Thus, I and my girlfriend attended a stand-up comedy show for the first time in Newcastle at The Stand Newcastle Club experiencing comedians I had not heard of before. Hosted by the foul-mouthed Glaswegian Susan Morrison, coming out to Kim Carnes ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, here is a look at how the night went.
The first act introduced by Susan was Nicola Mantalious Lovett. Having not seen her before, I initially did not get her act as she was acting like she had not prepared anything. However, I realised this was the character she was appearing as growing into her role as she portrayed a girl who loved game shows such as countdown. She talked about her favourite part of game shoes while being rude to the audience is a funny manner, outsmarting a man who thought he would be good on the show countdown. The shortest of the acts, this was a good way to start the night.
Next was my favourite act of the night, Louise Young. She had quite controversial humour saying the Middle Eastern crisis can be sorted with everyone justing lessing off. Her being part Turkish and girlfriend being Iranian. She quickly fired jokes off referring to life which was really entertaining. Lousie mentioning being a Turkish Geordie and being a lesbian throughout her act with hilarious effect.
Damian Clark referred to the most recent Geordie tragedy of Ant crashing his car while drink-driving, talking about the people he crashed into thinking they would be on Saturday night takeaway. He used a lot of energy throughout his act ending with him singing and dancing songs from a man and woman’s side of a breakup. An example being the man singing ‘You’re always on my mind’ by Elvis while the girl would sing ‘All the Single Ladies’ by Beyonce.
The headline act Craig Hill offered an insight into his life of being a ‘poof’, as he came out singing and dancing, flirting with the male members of the audience. His first words being ”If you haven’t guessed I’m a poof”. He would continue flirting with the male members of the audience, kneeling down on his knees after a man telling him his name was Neil. He drew some really laugh out laughs and knee slaps through is camp charm, accents and whit.
Something new to me and was thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend anyone going to a stand-up comedy club near them as it has a nice atmosphere and was truly funny. The crowd reaction throughout also being a highlight. The front row getting the worst of it, a group of young lads being called Take That, a petite woman getting mocked for her size as Zoe got mini hands out and Damian Clark calling a lad Fonzie with his constant thumbs up.