An achingly funny evening of comedy

JPTG-12-10-12-005 Carl Donnelly
JPTG-12-10-12-005 Carl Donnelly

Komedia Krater Comedy Club, Friday April 12, Brighton, featuring Compere Rich Wilson, Nathan Caton, Shappi Khorsandi and Carl Donnelly

It was exactly what I wanted from a Friday night out at Komedia in Brighton: shouty, funny and also a little bit thought provoking.

On the line up were comedians who have all been seen on TV or heard on radio including: Nathan Caton, Shappi Khorsandi and Carl Donnelly, who in my view were all side achingly funny and really held the crowd’s attention all the way through their sets.

Rich Wilson was a brilliant compere as well, building up the crowd for each act, taking the mickey out of the crowd superbly and making top jokes too.

My favourite was when he referred to his stomach as looking like a doughnut that had been dropped on a barber’s floor.

First up was the very funny Nathan Caton who pointed out in July 2005 when the UK underground was attacked by terrorists, all the trains kept running and everyone was saying we would not be beaten by terrorists.

Fast forward to 2013 when it snows and all the trains stop. Should we go outside, Caton mused.

‘I don’t know it could be slippery,’ he grinned.

Caton, who is from London but from a West Indian family also told a story about being stopped by the police when he was driving his Grandma to the supermarket in his new to him but very old Nissan Micra.

The officer asked him if it was his car and his Grandma apparently chipped in with: ‘So not only are you calling him a thief, but a thief with no standards?’

Next was a heavily pregnant Iranian born Shappi Khorsandi who talked about hen nights, being newly single and going out on dates as well as about the birth of her next child.

It was really refreshing to hear women’s issues being talked about openly on stage as the world of stand up comedy is very male dominated.

Among my favourite jokes from Shappi was one about going out on a date with a ventriloquist who put her hand up the back of her top.

And she’s thinking ‘Come on, you’re not at work now,’ eventually feeling compelled to shout “That’s the way to do it.”

Finally my favourite observation from Carl Donnelly was about how his trip to Australia where even the spiders have attitude and just walk straight towards you.

He goes to a wildlife park where the animals are just loose, expecting small animals like rabbits.

He’s with his girlfriend who is terrified of birds, and he sees an emu right behind him.

He tries to conceal it by being difficult and persuade her to leave the wildlife park, because he knew she would be terrified of the emu – sadly the emu emerged from behind his shoulder to confront her.