On Thursday 25th October I was kindly invited along to The Village People Pop Up Comedy Club at Lumley Castle, Durham, to guest report about the event on behalf of InNewcastle, for what was promised to be an amazing evening of comedy.
With headliner act Lee Ridley, the stand-up comedian who performs as Lost Voice Guy, who won over the hearts of the nation with his comedy routine and took the BGT crown back in June this year. Lee was also joined on stage by fellow Britain’s Got Talent finalist Micky P Kerr, as well as local Geordie comedian Rahul Kohli and hosted by the side, splittingly funny Matt Reed.
Lee, from Consett, is the first comedian to win Britain’s Got Talent. Lee’s performance in the live final led him to win the series and take the £250,000 prize money, not forgetting the amazing opportunity to perform at The Royal Variety Show. Lee suffers from neurological condition cerebral palsy, due to complications with this disability Lee has been unable to speak now for 30 year. Instead, he pre-records his routines and plays them via a speech synthesizer on a tablet.
The event was hosted in the grand Lumley Castle. Built in the 14th century, Lumley Castle is surrounded by beautiful parklands overlooking the River Wear and Durham County Cricket Ground. Lumley Castle is a magnificent monument to a bygone age of chivalry and honour. This isn’t your usual setting for a comedy show but boy oh boy, did it work! Doors for the event opened at 6pm and the show began just after 8pm, the perfect opportunity to grab a drink and explore the surrounding area of Lumley Castle.
First up was local Geordie comedian Rahul Kohli who went straight in with the cutthroat and cutting-edge punch lines with convivial anecdotes, hilarious real life stories and a side portion of witty political analysis. From the moment he set foot on stage to the moment he left, it was hard not to laugh at his routine – it was absolutely brilliant, somewhat shocking at some of the things he came out with but shockingly brilliant.
Next up was Micky P Kerr, a Leeds based comedian and part time teacher. Some would say he is a breath of fresh air within the comedy circuit. Mixing together music, sharp straight talking spoken word and comedy – his tongue is often planted firmly in his cheek. With his laid-back humour and offbeat songs, Micky was certainly one of my favourites from the night. Last to the stage was headliner Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy. His style of comedy was very tongue in cheek and if you’re easily offend with crude humour then this one is not for you as all walls where down during his act. It’s great that there’s such a variety in comedy acts these days and Lee’s entertainment style has certainly helped to banish the misconceptions of disabled people. Lee has such a naughty sense of humour and is a comedy genius that I’m sure has inspired many people since appearing on Britain’s Got Talent.
Personally for me, the star of the show was host Matt Reed. I couldn’t breathe at a quite a few points when he was on stage and I was definitely ugly laughing, I was laughing that hard. Matt’s only downfall was that he’s born and bred in Sunderland but his witty, straight to the point humour certainly makes up for this… I mean, no ones perfect. Matt has an effortless approach and natural connection with the audience. He is brilliantly sharp with the crowd and, as he mentioned, don’t even bother to try and heckle him as he will win and trust me, going off the show on Thursday he will win… and destroy you in front of everyone in the room much to everyone else’s entertainment. Matt has a natural warmth to him and it turns out he loves gin (check out his podcast “Mother’s Ruin Podcast”) so that’s always a winner in my books!
Overall this was certainly a night to remember, I take my hat off to someone who makes me laugh, I’ve been dubbed The Ice Queen by my friends so these guys certainly got a round of applause and standing ovation from me! You will be laughing from start to finish, plus there is a break between acts, which is perfect for topping up your drinks and taking advantage of the pop up food stalls which on this occasion where Redheads Mac ‘n’ Cheese and crepes from Flip ‘n’ Fast.
Tickets for this event where £18 and are worth every penny. I’m all for supporting local businesses and event’s so this was right up my street. Make sure you check out the Event North website for future Pop Up Comedy nights as you really do not want to miss out on these. One thing is for sure; I’ll definitely be back for more!
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