Its been a long journey. We’ve laughed, we’ve laughed inappropriately, we’ve laughed because its not funny as much as it was and we’ve seen some genuine talent. The Funny Scunny Grand Final at The Baths Hall on the Thursday the 27th June was the culmination of the previous 3 knock-out heats. And the billing was absolutely spot on. The judges got it right. The performance order was as such Ed Carfrae, Daniell Audritt, Jack Gleadow, Just Simon, Insane Elaine, Mark Dobbs and Jed Salisbury. They were all good in there own way – Ed Carfrae’s rapport and in your face ad libbing; Daniel Audritt’s polished delivery and excellent one liners (he was my personal favourite); Jack Gleadow’s endearingly awkward energy and Chuckle Brothers skits; Just Simon’s honest geek humour; Insane Elaine’s raw tales and Barnsley banter (I laughed at one of her jokes more than any other, full creaser, it was disgustingly funny); Mark Dobbs’ carefully constructed gags and bonhomie, even more impressive for his newness to stand up, you couldn’t tell. And Jed Salisbury’s stage pLloydresence, storytelling and love of the Chav.
They did their bits, it was well worth turning up for. And then while the judges decided the winner we were treated to a half hour plus of Lloyd Griffith a professional comedian who has performed on the BBC and at the Edinburgh Festival. And it was a treat, he was superb. No disrespect to the other performers but he was on another level, something to work towards. I urge anyone to go see him. I urge the Baths to book him for a full show. I will come along. He told stories, he told jokes and he did something unique. Lloyd Griffith is a Counter-tenor, as in a full amazing choirboy singer and he used it in his act with absolutely hilarious consequences. He mixed it up with the audience, asking the front table what they did for living expecting maybe I don’t know a shop assistant or a tyre mechanic, only to be astonishingly confronted by a guy who was a genuine jet pilot, the exchange between the two was a one off, not to be repeated piece of genuine brilliance but that’s why live comedy with a top comedian who can adapt to situations is so good. Well done Baths for booking Lloyd.
The judges final decision was to elect Jed Salisbury as the Funny Scunny Champion 2014, he won £400, a trophy and a slot at an upcoming Knock Knock comedy night at The Baths. Go check him out when he returns. Well deserved win. Although we’d just like to say well done to all the participants they were all very funny and entertaining. And massive respect to everyone who entered the heats, it is a brave thing standing up in front of people you’ve never met and trying to make them laugh. Looking forward to next years competition and Baths get Lloyd Griffith booked so we can all come along.
On Friday 13th June, Scunthorpe Nights attended the third and final heat before the Grand Final of Funny Scunny 2014 at The Baths Hall Scunthorpe. Please check out the previous reviews of heats 1 and 2. The layout was the same swish, ambient, with all the tables pointed at the performers. There were seven competitors on the bill this time, half of them comediennes to make a change from the previous heats. Continue reading Review: Funny Scunny – Heat Three→
On the evening of Thursday the 5th of June. Three of us Scunthorpe Nighters went to check out the local comedy talent competition Funny Scunny. Hosted in the lounge of The Baths Hall. Entry was free but drinks were a little on the expensive side. Doors opened at 7pm show started at 8pm and there was an interval half way through. It was a nice little room to watch a stand-up routine in, intimate, if you don’t want to sit at the front (you know in range of the comedians picking you out), I would get there early.
There were 7 acts appearing. They ranged in quality. It would be fair to say the evening was two types of funny. It was funny because the jokes were good from the better acts. And it was funny because some of the acts were bad. Now don’t get me wrong I admire and applaud anyone who has the courage to get up on stage in front of people. Especially for stand up comedy, it must be one of the hardest things to do, to vibe with an audience who you have never met and who have never heard of you. So full respect to each and every act that did a slot, you’ve got to start somewhere. I think I laughed more at the bad acts than the good ones, now you might think I’m being awful but you know full well that if you watch Britain’s Got Talent or X Factor you’re watching it as much for the bad acts as the good one, perhaps more so. Am I wrong?
The first act was a Japanese girl whose act was based on the mispronunciation of English words by Japanese people accompanied by drawings. I thought it was funny and weird. But I properly laugh at weird so I really enjoyed her routine. She eats a lot of “fried lice” apparently, you see where she was coming from. Next was a tall guy whose style was angry rants against idiocy and people calling him tall. Following him was a rather large fellow called Jed who was very assured, got the crowd on his side immediately and told some good gags. After him was a little guy with a tache and glasses who just told a story about going to the dentist accompanied by Lee Evans style voices and sound effects. He was a bit weird as well and I thought he was bad at first put he persevered and his story gathered momentum and I found myself genuinely laughing. After the interval was a young man who came on dancing to a soundtrack and to be honest it was in the vein of that famous dance scene in “The Office“, it wasn’t meant to be it was meant to gee the crowd up. I’m afraid to say this guy was so bad he was hilarious, but I’d like to shake his hand for giving it a go. Following this was Just Simon who’s stage presence and delivery was excellent and this carried him though to the final. Lastly was a young comedian called Jack Gleadow from Hull who was easily my pick of the bunch, he told the best joke of the evening about the Chuckle Brothers no less and was genuinely funny. He also went through to the Grand Final.
I’m really looking forward to next week’s two heats on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th same time 7pm Doors for 8pm Start and are both free entry. The Grand Final of Funny Scunny is on Thursday 26th June at The Baths Hall. Its £7 a ticket which you can get hold of here or from the box office at The Baths Hall or Plowright Theatre. Check it out there was something there for everyone to have a giggle at.