Line up: Paul Gannon MC (Angolan Pun), Opener Don Biswas (Won Ass Bid), Middle Spots Graham Milton (Alarming Moth), Robert Kemp (Temp Broker), Phil Cooper (Pooch Peril), Headliner Joseph Wilson (Jews Lino Shop)
MC Paul Gannon, looking self assured and confident, opened the show with an apology for the very late 9pm start, then promptly told us it was all the headliner’s fault (who wasn’t actually in the room at that point so he could get away with it). He asked the crowd to lie through their teeth when queried on name and job…which a lad who was there with a big group of friends had a lot of trouble with…but eventually told us all that his job was “smashing back doors in” which raised laughs from all round. Paul switched his attention to a very pregnant lady behind us who was happy to tell him that she was a supermodel called Lulu and was designing her own range of lingerie…cue pervy comments from Paul and a request for “Lulu’s” partner to leave the room for a short while! A bit of cynical talk about his work on Most Haunted with Derek Acora went down well also. Paul is an accomplished MC, not too offensive and was very easy to listen to…we liked him a lot.
Next up and opener was Don Biswas. We have seen Don before (in Exeter) and some of his act was repeated here but he’s a funny guy and there was enough new stuff for us to be happy to see him again. He points out that he has “Learning Difficulties” mainly Dyspraxia (which makes him lack organisation/lose things all the time) and elements of Aspergers and bases a lot of material around that and how the police occasionally help him out! Some material about his walking style (moving to Blur) and a bit of a political rant at the end and off he went to much applause.
Graham Milton, first of our middle three section (ten min slots each), small, skinny and repeatedly scratching his mid section, while telling us about his lack of luck with women. Speaking at rant level and with his voice modulating up and down, he has a definite style of his own and went down favourably with the crowd.
Robert Kemp, very tall, slim and with a definite Jim Carey resemblance occupied our second ten minute slot with tales of Zombies and titles for Zombie movies crossed with classic films. What does a Zombie comedian look and sound like?? We know now!
Last before the headliner was Welshman Phil Cooper, a genial lad with material about his homeland; the most engaging of the three and someone to watch out for in the future.
Our headliner, Joseph Wilson was another comedian that we had seen before but not this year. Having seen him three times before, with a two out of three success rate, we wondered what was coming. Joe has lost quite a bit of weight and a beard since we saw him last and refers to himself as “looking like a young Art Garfunkel.” A lot of Joseph’s act revolves around his talents with voices and accents and he can knock out a good operatic tune as well. He asks us which accents ladies prefer and gets lots of suggestions, so we get Southern Irish, Northern Irish (watch out hecklers; Ian Paisley is coming to get you!), Scots, Scouser, Welsh, X-factor announcers and then his rousing tenor voice with his own worded version of Nessun Dorma as a finale. When Joseph is on top form, like tonight, he is definitely worth seeing.