Tony Burgess headlined the monthly comedy night Laughter Rume at Rumes nightclub on Monday 5th October 2009.Advertisement
Despite the low turnout, Burgess put in a great performance and his witty Manchester humour came through during his set. He seemed genuinely pleased to have made a trip up the M61 and he enjoyed bantering with the crowd, especially a lad near the bar who he got a good rapport with about potentially stealing his girlfriend and the resulting fight (there wasn’t actually a fight!).
Burgess has written for BBC show ‘Ideal’ and his insights into life in Oldham were particularly funny, especially as he’s a near six foot skinhead so his delight at being targeted by the BNP as a potential supporter made for funny re-telling. His story based jokes were good and finished off the evening well.
MC John Gray was the host for the evening, and before Burgess came on, he lined up some comedians for the crowd. The first on was Tony Cowards, who is from Suffolk. His accent was funny enough and his jokes got the crowd warmed up – although a few awful one-liners didn’t go down too well. He was a decent opening act and made way for the excellent Sal Stevens. It was unfortunately a very short set for Stevens who was very funny, his take on a man’s insecurity while a girlfriend being away on holiday was a hilarious sketch. Stevens was definitely the stand-out comedian of the night.
Sarah Profit was next on, a bi-sexual farmer from near Bolton. She was awful. Her humour just wasn’t funny and her jokes died on the crowd. She was followed by Rob Coleman who only does one-liners and quick fire jokes. He’d probably be very funny on that bit on Mock The Week where they have to come up with quick fire one-liners but Coleman’s were a bit hit and miss. However Coleman went down well with the crowd, who appreciated some of his better one-liners and it’s nice to see a comedian trying to bring back one-liners rather than reeling off long tales and making you wait for the punch line.
Burgess came on to huge applause and his headline set was worth the wait. He finished off a decent night of comedy, some of it well below average but the discover of the exciting Sal Stevens was well worth it.