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Published on June 6th, 2016 | by Warwick Manning


Review: Smokin’ Hot Comedy – RYND

Smokin’ Hot Comedy is a fantastic FREE stand up gig in RYND – an upmarket food and cocktail bar which has a great space upstairs where once a month Smokin’ Hot Comedy takes centre stage.

Lucas Jolson MC’d the evening (also founder of Smokin’ Hot Comedy) and really kept the energy flowing for the whole evening, the audience seemed to warm to him quickly. Lucas is clearly passionate about his night and proudly proclaims that he keeps the gig free because “comedy is a right not a privilege”. “Hell yeah” I quietly mumbled whilst sipping my diet coke.

Geoff Steel kicked off the evening. I felt his jokes were a little on the crass side for the RYND crowd. His laddish persona won some round, however, with one liners like “Don’t pull the string, it was like she’d sat on a chainsaw”, his humour resembled more shock comedy than well… comedy.

Rachel Wheeley was up next. I have to say she exceeded my expectations – her description of her kids as “tiny, drunk flat mates” set the tone for a really innovative set. The only female on the bill, her slightly low energy delivery really packed a punch. A great part of her set for me referred to the fact that cigarette packets warn of the dangers of smoking. However, she asks: “where is the picture of me on that 12th bottle of VK with 3 kids, at a soft play?” Give this woman a TV show, that’s all I’m saying.

Ben Clover finished off the first half nicely. His main narrative centred around being a sperm donor, and how awkward the whole experience was for him. He also did some great audience banter that included talking to a man from Massachusetts about the the trials of masturbating in a public building.

After the intermission Daniel Offen joked about being a male feminist, I found his writing to be somewhere between comedy and politics.

Jake Lambert was the penultimate act. This is a very funny man. A young looking guy, he told stories of his uni exploits, including pranking his mates. His comedy timing is impeccable and has clearly honed his craft. He tried out “new”material, but to be honest it all ran very smoothly and his confidence truly cemented his stage presence – he had the audience in stitches.

Finally, headlining was George Lewis, whose style reminded me of the very successful Jon Richardson (of 8 Out of 10 Cats fame). His performance was slick and well crafted. The work he has put into the framework of his act really shines through. His set included a poem and a rap written by a school- aged George. All in an attempt to win over the smoking, spitting, love of his life. His delivery was full of twists and turns and if he wasn’t hilarious at points he was very entertaining.

All round what an absolute gem of a night this is. I commend Lucas (the organiser) for his efforts towards this (I repeat) free comedy show at RYND.

About the Author

is currently studying Psychology at Reading University, and is President of the Comedy society there. In his spare time he enjoys rehearsing and performing in local theatres. Such as progress theatre or the UNI's drama society.

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