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Laughter Lounge Continues to Tickle

22nd March 2011

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No other event in my SUSU schedule seems as consistently enjoyable as Laughter Lounge. As a conseur of television comedy, a laughter junkie if you will, it is easy to forget the simple pleasure of attending stand-up, live and uncensored. Watching live comedy is to see the comedian in it's natural habitat, unchained and ready to ridicule your housemate at any moment on their choice of attire for the evening.

Bryan Lacey did a stirling job of comparing the evening, with material mainly focused in the groinal region, raising that age-old question of what to name your own genetalia. Several intimate revelations later, Liam Williams came to the stage, taking an irreverant look at some of the high-octane entertainment coming up in SUSU, highlighting the upcomming 'Vinegar Dipping Evening' as particularly noteworthy. 'You're living the dream', he added. Williams' set was an amalgam of slow-burning one-liners and explosive enactments of his subject matter, nearly hacking the mike stand in two as punctuation superhero 'Grammar Man'. However, he was surely at his best spinning lyrical yarns about his youth in Cambridge's answer to Jesters, engaging the audience with vivid portraits of detestable clubbers. 

Tom Toal was the night's second act, and subsequently insisited on talking in the third person. In fact, he could have written that last sentence. His swaggering 'lad' charisma carried well over to the audience, reaffirming that the only thing worse than your mother seeing you naked is for her to then critique. His set was varied, and the impromptu musical accompaniment to a skit mid-performance was an inspired innovation, whilst putting a fresh spin on old chestnuts such as the problem of parents on Facebook was well-judged.

The night's final installment was Iain Stirling of CBBC fame, whose opening gambit was to affirm that 'my dad is from Noway, and my mum was in McFly'. A performer hardened on the unforgiving Scottish stand-up circuit, Stirling recalled his experiences with hapless American comedians who presumably unaware of the somewhat liberal usage of colourful language in the UK. Luckily, the presence of a singular Scottish audience member gave Stirling an avenue into more tales of life back home, as seems customary for any performer with a regional accent. However, his more successful material grew when he focused attentions outside of Scotland, involving the problems of deficating undetected in a spouse's bathroom, or his barely constrained anger towards Hollyoaks.

As always, Laughter Lounge was an engaging and enjoyable event, and surely better than Mock The Week re-runs at any rate. 

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