Stand Up for the Week

One of the ten ‘work in progress’ showings of Stand Up for the Week (Channel4) where all artists try out new material to see what is working/funny and what is not. Presented by Laughing Boy Comedy Club and hosted at Up the Creek, Greenwich.

Whether it was just sheer patriotism (England were playing that night) or the relatively early start in Greenwich, it was an intimate affair – with little over 30 people in attendance.

It resulted in a great opportunity to get up close (really close) to some of the countries best and best emerging comedy talent – supping a pint, surrounded by faces you’d normally only see on telly.

The evening was a strange one. There was none of the usual dressed up celebrity spewing out hysterical one-liners, instead ‘t-shirt and jeans’ clad performers, exposed at their most raw with a few gags scribbled on a bit of paper.

A great opportunity to get up close (really close) to some of the countries best and best emerging comedy talent – supping a pint, surrounded by faces you’d normally only see on telly.

John Burton

It did get a little uncomfortable viewing at times as cleverly worded anecdotes fell on a silent room and dead pan faces but then that was the whole point of the show – to find out what is funny.

There were elements that were great, Josh Widdicombe being the star of the night, but you did leave feeling a little ‘what you guys aren’t funny all the time?’.

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