Comedy review: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Comedy Club
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For the first time in its history, Winter Wonderland is hosting a comedy club and it boasts a star-studded line up with reasonably-priced tickets. I went along to check it out and I left full of wonder; wondering why I missed the chance to go on one last ride for this 45-minute show. The venue is a traditional, grand circus tent in keeping with the carnivalesque feel of Winter Wonderland and it’s also practical because of the circus performances that are on throughout the month. Immediately the space felt too big to fill with laughs, which was further amplified by the number of empty seats in the audience. Even the Christmas tree that had been plonked on the stage (probably as an afterthought) seemed totally lost. When our compare, Tom Lucy, came onto the stage he looked teeny-tiny.
Image courtesy of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Comedy ClubHowever, his dry sense of humour was well-received in this huge space and he warmed the audience up nicely. He asked generic questions about who had travelled the farthest, what jobs people had, and talked about Christmas, with just enough sarcasm that makes him likeable. He got the audience anticipating a pleasant evening, even if we weren’t quite belly-laughing yet. Frankly, from here it’s all a bit haphazard. Next onto the stage was Keith Farnan, who gave a family-focused set interspersed with interrogations of the audience. It felt a little unstructured and the punchlines of his anecdotes fell short considering the amount of time that was dedicated to them. He tried incredibly hard to be relatable, but it didn’t quite land and some of his content - such as saying he married a Jew just so he can say the word Jew - is questionable and cheap. Another brief stint from Lucy, and then Terry Alderton is welcomed to the stage.
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