I love stand up comedy and every time I go to a show I tell myself I should go to more, be it an improv night, an arena show with my favourite comedian or a low key show with some funny people I’ve never heard of. After a fun trip to the Comedy Store before Christmas, I got an email from the team at Stand Up Camden – who are a brand new comedy event in Camden Town – and they invited me down to their January show which happened last Friday.
Located just over ten minutes walk from Camden Town’s tube station the event took place at the London Irish Club which we only really found due to Google Maps, thank god for technology. The venue also hosts the Camden Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Previews and shows by bigger named acts trying out their tour material. After a short sit in the venue we were invited into the comedy room which in all honesty reminded me of a School hall.
When I first saw the list of performers I had little idea what to expect as I hadn’t heard of most of them although between the MC and three comedians they’ve been on Russell Howards Good News, supported one of my favourite comedians Stephan Merchant and played numerous shows during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The night was formatted with three comedian slots – each with a ten-minute break between to allow people to grab a drink, head to the loo etc, and before and after each act was a bit from MC of the evening Andrew Ryan. Now Ryan for me was the best comedian of the whole night and definitely someone I’d head to go and see again and he was sandwiched between three others. Scottish Stephen Carlin began the night. Stephen’s set was scatted with laughter and provided a great beginning to the evening.
Next up was a comedian I was quite intrigued about after watching some YouTube clips and it was French comedian Marcel Lucont, it definitely was an international affair. In typical French fashion he entered the stage barefoot with a glass of red wine in his hand. His softly spoken voice and dry wit had me cracking up and it was a thoroughly enjoyable half an hour, complete with some sex poetry.
The night finished with Markus Birdman who was rude, cynical, loud and witty, an amazing combination and an incredibly clever comedian. Considering how cheap the tickets themselves were – under £10 – it was great value for an evening and in a world where everything is so serious it’s always good for the soul to have a laugh. You can check out what’s on at Stand Up Camden here.