Acts: MC – Chris Brooker, Opener – Jay Hampson, Middle Act – Luke Honnoraty, Headliner – Silky
Anagrams: Chris Brooker – Horsier Brock / Jay Hampson – Noh Pyjamas / Luke Honnoraty – The Runny Koala / Silky – Ilks? Y?
Another busy night upstairs at the lovely Seven Stars and we settled down on the end of the second row to enjoy ourselves. Chris Brooker is a talented MC and always gets the crowd warmed up beautifully – tonight being no exception. It’s all about the banter and Chris soon had everyone laughing at exchanges with “Storm” and Pam the Chandelier Lady plus her electrician husband Spencer. Chris controls the crowd – there’s no messing – gees them up, and on we go to our opener Jay Hampson.
Jay, hailing from Chorlton (“the Totnes of the North West, all hippies and sandals and organic veg”) promptly started poking gentle fun at the veggie/vegan lifestyle and for a minute I wasn’t sure if he was going to get away with it, as Totnes is well known for being a Transition Town with many inhabitants of said ilk, but he has such a cheeky manner no-one could be upset. Brought up in one environment and now living in another Jay has an internal battle every time he goes to M & S! We had Jay’s views on the sex lives of pandas, some singing, and a very physical last few minutes that had everyone in fits of slightly shocked laughter. He quizzically looked at the audience after each joke and if he thought it had gone down well, we would get a smile, and a “Good!”. We liked Jay a lot, he has an easy style and the audience loved him.
Into a break and then Chris up once again to introduce Luke Honnoraty. We have seen Luke several times but not in the last five months and the difference in comedic growth compared to our last viewing is eye-opening. Luke has grown in confidence and delivery. Parts of his act have changed, new stuff has come in and he relates some great stories of his “stitching up” various work colleagues, stoned friends and even his poor wife has had pranks played on her. What will Luke do next?? (There’s a book title for your Biography Mr Honnoraty!)
Another break, some more magic from the Ginger Viking and then onto our headliner, Silky. We last saw Silky in Edinburgh (twice!), and also bumped into him innumerable times around the city streets as he (and we) were rushing between gigs. Silky is a class act; he makes fun of his own appearance (smooth of head with round specs) tells a great story, a new one for us tonight about surfing , does a great drunk imitation, finds a completely different use for his guitar stand and constructs an improvised song around the audience members that is just inspired. He’s a clever man and each time we’ve seen him he brings out something new from his comedy catalogue that we haven’t heard before. Come back soon Silky!
In our opinion this is a stand out comedy night and we’ll be back.