Coulrophobia – Cured! A night at Comedy Carnival Club at Bar Rumba
Guest post by Sarah James:
Well not quite a phobia of clowns, but a distinct wariness of stand up comedy. I know that seems an odd thing to say, with a “Good Sense of Humour” being an attribute that most people say that they possess. My wariness stems from a good friend entering the world of stand-up comedy a few years back, an incredibly brave thing to do. Anyway, I supported her through the courses she took, all her early gigs, the try outs of new material for Edinburgh, and then her own monthly comedy club. I learnt that there is an awful lot of bad comedy out there! I will forever be haunted by the horror of Frank Si Nazi’s act!
So it was with some trepidation that I accepted the invitation to attend the comedy evening. The venue is in a great location on Shaftesbury Avenue, and on Friday night everyone was geared up to have a good time – possibly helped by the fact that Happy Hour ran until 8pm when the show started.
Drinks were reasonably priced for the West End. The night we went there were a few groups in, and lots of couples. The MC commented that this was slightly unusual as it was often a favourite for hen and stag nights; and I can see why, as there is a disco that runs after the comedy finishes until 3 a.m., making it really easy to transition from being entertained to having a good dance. I think that whilst the World Cup is on, that this will be a wonderful way to escape for non-footie lovers on a Friday night. At £12 entry, it’s also very good value.
Seating is in rows, and the front filled up quickly with some brave souls. The night consisted of an excellent MC, who got the audience in the right mood and was great at interacting with the crowd. He was followed by 3 other acts, each with a short intermission to allow for the purchase of more drinks and comfort breaks. The pace of the evening was good, and everyone had a good time. Some of the material was brilliant observational comedy, but some misogynistic, which I’m never comfortable with.
I’m really glad that I’ve dipped my toes back into the stand-up scene, as it’s a really nice thing to go to as an alternative to the pictures, theatre, or just drinking!
If you want to find out who else is one at the Comedy Carnival please check their website:
36 Shaftesbury Avenue,
London, W1D 7EP