Jam Circus comedy

Jam Circus' experimental comedy nights are turning in to a semi-regular fixture. Organiser David explains what tomorrow night holds in store:


Wednesday's comedy night (Sep 8) is offering more acts than ever before. There will be five standup acts as well as headline act improv comedy troupe improbabble. Improbabble are a highly rated fourpiece who have a residency at the Leicester Square Theatre.

Other acts include Jessica Fostekew (Comedy Cafe new act winner 2009); Katie Hearsey ("Mad, cute and dirty" Harry Denford, comedian); Rob Callaghan (“Clever and funny . . . a tight set” – (West Midlands Comedy Forum); Danny Hurst ("...enough funny stories to fill a warehouse." Metro) and Thomas Mayhew (who will be making his debut). Compered by me David Jesudason all for £3 tickets are available here.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

As I pasted the Broadway Theatre I was asked if I wanted to see Ben Elton free there last night.

Anyone know what that was about?

Anonymous said...

As I passed the Broadway Theatre I was asked if I wanted to see Ben Elton free there last night.

Anyone know what that was about?

Anonymous said...

dunno but I understand Ben Elton was born in Catford so he was returning to his home town.

Anonymous said...

I remember a local teacher telling me he'd taught Ben Elton and Danny Baker, both skinheads apparently.

Monkeyboy said...

I remember seeing Ben Elton live back in '88ish? He was funny, if a bit self conciously 'right on'. Now he's a knob.

Monkeyboy said...

..mind you it wasn't difficult being satirical about Maggy Thatcher, Norman Tebbit, Ronald Regan et al...

Anonymous said...

When I think of Ben Elton's "right on" nature all I think about is this. Would make sense then that he's basically from Brockley...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhkrAj52Cko

Anonymous said...

I have avoided the Comedy night at Jam Circus because in that confined room the possibility of audience participation might very likely.

Comedians who can't be bothered to work on their act tend to pick on members of the audience.

Now....if they had a gong things would be different. The original comedy store had that. If the audience reaction was too negative a gong would be struck ordering the comedian offstage.

Now that room is quite retro. Maybe they should have retro comedians who actually tell jokes rather than make not very funny observations about the absurdities of daily life.

I blame Ben Elton.

Sam@JamCircus said...

After around 5 comedy nights here at Jam most have which have been attended by members of staff I can honestly say not one comedian we have had has used the audience to get laughs. There is audience participation but in with the audience rather than at them.

Great idea about the gong thing though, will have to suggest it to the compere.

Thank you for the input though, and I agree with the comments on Ben Elton.

Sam, Jam Circus

David Jesudason said...

Out of the near 50 comedians that have performed at the night none have humiliated or even been rude about any members of the public. As the compere I wouldn't stand for that and it is also a very unlikely scenario as comedians get a small slot to perform their material and would be wasting their time with audience participation. I ask the audience questions – people like to be engaged in my experience – but never make fun of them. This atmosphere means no one heckles and acts get the chance to try new material out. If you attended the event you could see this for yourself. The gong idea is something that might be worth trying occasionally but it's not something I'm over keen on as I think it's unfair to gauge a comedian on his first gag.

David Jesudason said...

There's been a lot less than 50 comedians probably half that but none of them have harangued audience members!

Anonymous said...

"....not very funny observations about the absurdities of daily life...."

Comedy has been doing that since Urgh laughed about Grunt being chased arond the glacier by a baby mamouth.

You must have gone to a different Comedy store, comedians their have laughed about life since the year dot.

David Jesudason said...

We have actually had six nights and 28 comedians

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