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Friday, 2 March 2012

An MC from Grimsby? There’s something fishy going on.

The Red Herring Comedy Club. Drill Hall Lincoln.

I was supposed to have a free ticket for the monthly Red Herring comedy night although as it happens one of our party could not come due to other commitments so I had ordered three tickets for the others and didn’t claim the freebie. It turned out to still be good value at £9 for an advance ticket. For that you get a good MC, despite the fact he’s from Grimsby and two very good comedians. You also get a different audience to the ones for the more established TV performers, far more up for it, lots of all girl groups out for a night on the town and a lot of audience participation. A different reaction from the performers too, they expect anyone heckling to be able to stand up for themselves. If you’re going to heckle, at least make it funny, said one performer.

MC Lloyd Griffiths started the proceedings off, no mean comedian himself he was filling in until the “proper comedians” appeared. He seemed to be doing pretty well with an easy rapport with the receptive audience who helped him along with lots of offerings when he decided to question the punters, where are you from? Any students in? That kind of thing (There weren’t).

First up was Danny McLoughlin. He’s supported Mickey Flanagan and Sean Lock on tour. Danny hasn’t been around for long but he’s got a bright future ahead on this evidence.

Back with Lloyd Griffiths for a few more laughs before the interval and another beer in the bar. You can take your drinks into the auditorium which makes for an informal “club” atmosphere although it's rows of seats rather than tables.

Lloyd again after the break before the final act, Steve Shanyaski and a brilliant set of silliness, daft accents and a song to finish. His slot absolutely flew by, a sure sign of an entertainer. He’s been on TV himself with an appearance on Jason Manford’s comedy rocks. Expect to see him a lot more.

A final few words from MC Griffiths and that was that for another month. A very good night out with a difference for just £9 if you book in advance, £10 if you turn up on the night. I would very much recommend that you try it for yourself.

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