Duncan Oakley with Jonathon Mayor, Ian Moore and Ste Porter at the Laugh Inn, Chester
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Upon first sight, the only indication to this industrial tin shack being open to the public is a single, poorly lit, neon sign advertising it as Chester’s new venue for a variety of some of the most hilarious comedians. Entering “Homer‘s Bar,” the overwhelming sleazy jazz, dimmed lights and seductive purple colourings surround a generous bar area, cabaret-style tables and a corner stage on which you would not be surprised to see a scantly clad woman expecting notes to be popped into her panties. Homer’s Bar is still engulfed in the smell of the new wooden bar-top but its decoration and well-planned seating arrangements provide a relaxed atmosphere. Forget any sign of scantly clad women, tonight’s compere, the hysterical Jonathon Mayor, opens the night by camping it up and introduces himself as a “fat Gok Wan” with the “voice of Alan Carr.” He shows remarkable talent as he uses sheer quick wit, abusing his homoerotic tendencies in such a way that it is jaw-achingly funny. Using those around him as the basis for his side-splitting act, he does not fail in his mission to have the crowd crying with laughter throughout his performance.
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