Review // Knock, Knock Comedy Club @ Baths Hall

Last night we attended June’s installment of “Knock,Knock” comedy club in the side bar of The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.

We weren’t sure who as performing but we were treated to some great upcoming comedians, Eddie Brimson had travelled over from Edinburgh for tonight’s gig and although not usually taking role as compere, he did a great job at engaging with the audience. Eddie used the audience to his advantage, gaining laughs from targeting couples and friends sat around him. He focused heavily on relashionships throughout and had a strong personality that really suited his own comedy style.

Next to the stage was a familiar face and name from TV, Jack Carroll. Some may remember him as he competed in the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent at the age of 14, finishing as the runner-up. Also as an actor, he has appeared in two series of the CBBC Channel show Ministry of Curious Stuff and most recently has starred in the Sky One series, Trollied and In 2012 Jack took home a Pride Of Britain award.

Jack makes jest of his Cerebral Palsy and uses his walking aid and difficulties of everyday life in his comedy. One of his biggest jokes is, how in a busy nightclub tripping someone up with his walking frame, they have to apologise to him rather than the other way round. Jack pushed the boundaries with his approach to comedy and he had the audience on side.

It was time for a short interval before the final act. After the interval we welcomed back Eddie as compere, as he dipped into the box of Knock, Knock joke entries. For those who haven’t attended before, there is a public competition, allowing audience members to submit their best Knock, Knock jokes to be judged into the box on the bar. The winner secures free tickets to the next comedy club night. This part always gets a few laughs, whether it be down to the terrible joke entries or the fact some people just don’t read the part where it says to submit “Knock, Knock” jokes and not just any random joke that comes to mind.

Finally, the headliner of the night was Chris Kent from Cork in Ireland. We really enjoyed his gig. He had a great personality and strong delivery on his stories. Chris touched on many different topics in his set but did focus around his upbringing on a council estate in Cork and being a father and husband. He was one of our favourites on the night. Chris has appeared at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival quite a number of times and has been named as “One to watch” on the comedy circuit.

It was great to see a good turn out for comedy on a sunny Thursday night in Scunthorpe. It was a mix of ages and people and everyone seemed to enjoy their evening out.

If you haven’t attended one of the Knock, Knock comedy clubs at the The Baths Hall, you really should! It’s a great opportunity to see new, upcoming and undiscovered talent on the comedy circuit. A lot of the comedians that perform at these smaller shows are testing their material before the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and you might just be the first to see a rising star. We were there when Joel Dommet performed to a small audience in the side bar at The Baths and again when he returned to Scunthorpe with a packed out auditorium.

For more info and listings on upcoming shows at the Baths Hall you can visit http://www.bathshall.co.uk

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