Fri 26th August – Mark Dennett, Louis Burgess, Maggy Whitehouse, Sandi Smith and Danny Ward – Lanson Comedy Storm – Storm Nightclub, Launceston

Brewing up a Storm

Just one more gig for August to add to the eighty-four we saw in Edinburgh – this one just up the road in Launceston. As we were both still on holiday however, we had made a (boiling hot) day of it and given Holsworthy another chance (nope, still dead) and then a trip to Bude where we had games of Crazy Golf and their normal green putting. After I miraculously won both games the first time round, Dave wouldn’t rest until honour was satisfied and he got his wins an hour or two later after a browse round the shops and a cuppa coffee/tea!

Anyway, enough of frivolities! We headed back to Launceston in search of food before the gig, and both found something good at Firebrand. It’s not always easy tracking down decent vegan food so just a heads up for this place who served me a lovely chickpea burger and sweet potato fries!

We then headed back to Pennygillam where we’d been told the Night club was and found it without too much bother and a hello to the lovely Mark Dennett at the door.

A quick hello to the other comedians, a dash to the bar and the loo and we were seated (at tables) not too close to the front but still in the firing line if any comedians dared. The room was quite large and, we think owing to the very hot day, could definitely have been a bit busier, but a decent enough audience considering this monthly night was only on its second evening. Dry ice was pumping out by the side of the stage to add to the atmosphere.

First of was Mark as our MC – and after a few tiny teething problems with the mic he soon got off to a bantering start with several of the punters. A short warm up was all that was needed and soon Mark brought on our first act, Louis Burgess.

Tonight Louis was opening and we could immediately see why; his act has come on in leaps if not bounds since last viewing. Now using an electronic loop board as well as his trusty guitar, he rapped, did spoofs of well known songs, danced and joked his way through a twenty minute or so set. The punters were lapping it up and it was just what was needed to get us off to an energetic start.

After our first obligatory break, we had Maggy Whitehouse, an ordained Independent Catholic Priest. We’ve seen Maggy before, the first time being at the B-Bar and hadn’t been blown away that time; but here again, as with Louis, Maggy has grown her act. She told us of her relief at being a comedian which means she can “swear at last” and doesn’t get nervous because “if you can lead a funeral service, you can stand up in front of anyone”! Maggy is much more assured and funnier on stage than anybody would expect of a “woman of the cloth”, and all enjoyed her.

Our second middle act was Sandi Smith. Well known to us, Sandi gave us a mix of old club set and some newer material. Lines around the older woman’s body in dressing rooms in clothes shop, waxing, and “mature sex”. All getting plenty of laughs of recognition from the mostly older audience.

Our next break, and then our headliner, Local boy (Plymouth) now in London,  Danny Ward who is quality standup. Danny has a classic club set, cleverly written and delivered everytime as if it’s just come freshly off his pen. His delivery is of a man slightly disgruntled and annoyed at the inconvenience of life and it works a treat paired with his material.

We always enjoy the car keys, the random aisle at The Lidl, and The London Look. Danny is also fabulous at the thousand word a minute rants, and we had at least two of those during his half hour.

All in all, an entertaining evening and we may well be back. The next Lanson Comedy Storm is Friday 30th September.  Go along and support this fledgling comedy night – they are trying to do something for the locals!








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