Many congratulations to Duncan Oakley for scooping the title "Midlands Comedian of the Year 2016" to add to 2015's English Comedian of the Year! We think he's the bees knees and look forward to welcoming him back to Shitfaced-under-Whatwood for a second tour of duty in February 2017.
A nice little video from Harry Stachini whose first gig for Flock Comedy was his 200th gig! We were at Wendlebury Village Hall and Harry met the Head Teacher of a local school. She was sat in the front row with her daughters - here's what happened...
Who will be crowned the English Comedian of the Year 2016? Over 300 comedians entered the competition and we're down to the final ten. Over two hours, the best circuit comics in the country will do their utmost to impress the celebrity judging panel with their jokes, good looks and ability to deal with hecklers. The winner of the award receives £1,500 and a trip to perform at Australia's Adelaide Fringe to battle against the winners of the Scottish and Australian awards.
I wish both Nick and Chris the very best and sincerely hope that one of them lifts the crown - either would be a fitting and worthy winner of the competition.
Was there ever a more unusual place to host a Comedy Club? Our usual venues are village halls, social clubs and the occasional tent in a field. Never before have we gigged in The Great Hall of an eighteenth century country mansion! And so it was that we found ourselves in the grand surroundings of Ditchley Park, home to The Ditchley Foundation.
The evening marked the first time Lloyd Langford has been heckled by a grandfather clock. He vowed to smash it up when he'd finished his set in an antidote to The Antiques Roadshow, "...where we tell you what it WAS worth."
The sell-out audience were there to laugh for charity, The Lawrence Home Nursing Team
The evening was the idea of patron Graeme Garden who is a patron of the charity. He called on his friend and "Sorry I Haven't a Clue" colleague, Sandi Togsvig to host the evening. Sandi had just wrapped filming of her first series as host of QI and treated us to a quite interesting quiz, which went down very well with the Boden trouser-wearing menfolk and pearl-necklaced ladies of the audience.
Still, the audience was game and laughed long and hard at Nick Page's tales of infidelity on the fire escape of an Amsterdam hotel and Lloyd's £15 box of sex-aids extras at his hotel in Bournemouth.
It was great to be a part of this brilliant event.