Comedy, like the appreciation of beauty, is an individual thing; in other words one man’s chortle is another’s snort of derision.
Luckily for those attending Comedy at the Con Club nights you are always guaranteed a laugh by at least one of the acts.
The club is run on the first Thursday of every month by comperes Neil Masters and Dave Mountfield and are a hit among the audiences in Lewes.
Dave and Neil appear to specialise in putting diverse acts of varying experience and accolades on its bill, or it appeared that way to me on the two occasions I’ve attended.
This month the line-up was a mix of experience with Kate Lucas (a year into her comedy career) getting the crowd laughing ahead of Quincey (more than ten years on the circuit) and Zoe Lyons (who has appeared on BBC shows Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Mock The Week).
First up was Kate , who specialised in musical comedy and had the crowd laughing with humorous tales littered with self-deprecation and dark dry wit.
Her catchy tunes were fodder for the sophisticated lyrics that presented her playfully bitter musings on life, such as in the song which fooled the audience into thinking her partner had committed an awful relationship atrocity (she wishes cancer on him and his children to be born ugly), only to find it was a minor infraction.
Then up stepped the charming and hugely likable mountain of a man that was Quincey.
The Londoner’s material was mined from his sharp observations on family life living and growing up on a tough inner city estates. The Lewes crowd, I think fair to say far removed from the plight of inner city living, were treated to Quincey’s musings on life as a parent, something the older crowd were able to identify and laugh along with.
Headlining was the energetic Brighton based comedian Zoe Lyon, a change in the bill that sees Addy VanDer Borgh headlining the April 4 show instead of the advertised March 7 slot.
The award winning comedian rattled off jokes - which mixed silliness, satire and caustic one liners - like a machine gun, and the audience was happy to put their hands up and surrender to her infectious personality.
Blown away by her professionalism the room was smitten by Zoe from the first joke to her parting shot.
The line-up for the next show on April includes Earl Okin and Tom Deacon.