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REVIEW: Ashford Comedy Club - a Friday night out with a difference

PUBLISHED: 16:48 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:54 29 March 2017

Steve N Allen

Steve N Allen

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Steve N Allen, and Junior Simpson took to the stage in the Ashford International Hotel last Friday

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One Friday of every month hundreds of people flock to Ashford International Hotel for the Comedy Club.

The comedy night has been going for 12 years now, and still seems to be at the height of its popularity, as last week, tables were packed and drinks flowing.

The atmosphere was euphoric before the comedy started, everyone was chatting amongst themselves, enjoying their set menu (chicken and vegetables for mains, and chocolate and cream cake for dessert), excited for the acts to begin.

The host comedian for the night was popular BBC Radio Kent presenter Steve N Allen. Gracing the stage with confidence and enthusiasm, he was great at picking up the audience with observational humour.

There was a hen night, a 40th birthday party, and a 50th birthday party in attendence - queue loads of jokes about ridiculous presents (one woman’s husband bought her skydiving, he was asking for an accident...), and crazy fancy dress.

The jokes worked, Steve had the audience laughing and smirking, and even shouting out, which in turn created more for the comedian to pick up on and use during his performance.

My only issue with Steve’s time on the stage was when the audience were asked to come up with two things for themselves to create a joke about. A colander was one item, and the other was Trump.

It just seemed too obvious, and therefore every joke submitted was the same - what’s the difference between Trump and a colander? A colander lets things through. It seemed to be as aspect of the evening the Comedy Club had asked him to carry out though, so I can’t be too critical of Steve for that.

The headline act, Junior Simpson, was an act I was really looking forward to. Being a big Love Actually fan (he played the DJ), I was intrigued to see what he’d bring to the stage.

His act was heavy with anecdotes from his travels, and his presence on stage was lively. Another one for observational humour, he succeeded in interacting with the audience, changing his routine on the spot and encorporating the crowd into his jokes.

However, if you’re one to squirm at crudeness, Junior’s act probably isn’t for you.

One part of his show referenced the song My Neck, My Back by Khia, which is probably the rudest song in the English language. Known by pretty much everyone, the 2002 song, is hugely popular.

My problem with this joke wasn’t the crudeness per se, but more that it was 15 years old. It did get many laughs from the audience though, and with comedy being something of personal preference, maybe it just wasn’t for me.

All in all, the night’s atmosphere was great, and most of the comedy resulted in laughs out loud. A good friday night out, where you don’t need to move venue for the food, the comedy, or the disco afterwards.

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