On Saturday 15th February I went to De Montfort Hall to see the opening night of Dave’s Comedy Festival in Leicester.
The host, a very funny man who looked and spoke eerily like James Cordon, was a gentleman called Tiernan Douieb. Tiernan made everybody laugh by picking out people from the audience and asking them questions about their weekends.
Firstly he introduced a man named Kevin Eldon. Kevin’s comedy began with an impression of a Frenchman that unfortunately I did not find very funny! He ended his set with a song called “My CD Jumps” which was in fact hilarious.
Next was Doc Brown. Doc Brown looked at topics such as race and religion and although these topics are perhaps a bit risky to talk about on stage he was very careful not to offend anyone was in face very entertaining.
After the break we saw Sara Pasco. Sara spoke mostly about her new relationship and was very funny about it too! Originally Mark Watson should have taken this place, though he cancelled, but Sara Pascoe did not disappoint.
Finally it was time for the main event: Alan Davies. In preparation for the show I’d watched a DVD (admittedly it was from 1992) of Alan’s stand-up and was hugely disappointed. Luckily, in the last 22 years he seems to have improved as his stand-up now is hilarious! It was not what you’d expect from having seen countless episodes of QI and the occasional Jonathon Creek – he was much more brash. Nevertheless, it was well worth going to watch.
I’d never been to see a comedian live so for me it was a particularly fun experience! To top if off, there are buy-one-get-one-free cocktails available at a bar round the corner if you take your tickets, so we finished the night with a couple of reasonably priced cocktails! All in all, it was a very fun evening.
Anyway, back to work now!
It’s the annual Leicester University Music Association (LUMA) ball tonight so no doubt I’ll be telling you all about that in the next few days! But for now I must get back to my essay. Wish me luck!
Find out more about the comedy festival here: http://www.comedy-festival.co.uk/