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Comedy night at Stafford's Gatehouse - review

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

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YOU never know who you're going to get with Comedy in The Met at Stafford Gatehouse until you're sitting there in the audience waiting for the show to start.

It's kind of like a comedy blind date. Most men think they're comedians, some just happen to be right.

The line-up for Saturday night included Matt Richardson as compare, with Simon Bligh and Trevor Cook as the main acts.

Richardson put the crowd at ease and gave a reassuring feeling that it was going to be a good night. He asked the front row what they did for a living and we discovered we were in the presence of a top of the range sit-on-lawnmower designer, a plasterer, events organisers from the council and some guy in a leather jacket who every comedian commented looked good for his age - though I have no idea what his job was.

Richardson is already making a name for himself. He has co-hosted The Xtra Factor on ITV2, appeared on shows like Celebrity Juice, Nevermind The Buzzcocks and completed a 54 date UK tour ‘Hometown Hero’. While on tour he filmed a series of a new panel show called Viral Tap for ITV2.

I'm no comedy genius, but I think the best comedy comes from simple observation and draws on real experience. At 23, Richardson hasn't accumulated as much experience as the seasoned comics, but he is still very funny. 

Richardson introduced Simon Bligh first, who came off as a bit manic and creepy, which was partly what made him so sadisticly entertaining. He talked about frightening his daughter by reading Cinderella in a Dalek voice. He also shared the joy of going over his friend's house, getting their kids really hyperactive at bedtime and then leaving. You didn't have to have kids to find Bligh's act entertaining, his enthusiasm and wired delivery meant you were sitting with a smile on your face, waiting for the next laugh.

Ending the night was Australian comic Trevor Cook, who you could tell was going to deliver that dry, sarcastic and bitter humour which Brits love as soon as he appeared on stage. He looked world weary, weather worn and a bit like a geography teacher. He talked about the Great Wall of China, observing "it's a great wall". 

Overall, we were very lucky to be landed with three talented comedians. The Met provides an opportunity to try out new material and it was likely at least one act would have fallen a bit flat. But for £10, even if you get to see one amazing comedian, Comedy in The Met is a great night out. The next one is on September 20. Give it a try. Tickets: staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.

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