Over the last couple of years, North Wales has become a hotbed for Comedy Nights run by Kill For A Seat Comedy fronted by Leeds based Comedian Silky. Quality comedy nights have been set up in various locations including Criccieth, Llandudno, Mold and Llangollen.
In these difficult times value for money is paramount and you can see four comedians for £8-£12. And these are not just the circuit comics, sometimes the include headliners such as John Bishop and Sarah Millican. Last month in Llangollen I was privilege do to see Tanylee Davies the diminutive Canadian comedian of Live at The Apollo fame on her first British gig since her Australian tour.
Of all the venues my favourite is the Llangollen Comedy Club organised in conjunction with Radiant Events. The venue is in a side room of the Llangollen Pavillion. With its ducts and piping the room, more reminiscent of a Cold War Nuclear bunker, it’s transformed with an improvised stage, lighting and sound to an intimate comedy club. All that’s missing is the cigarette smoke and smell of stale beer.
Into this darkened room Silky the boast steps with his trademark hat, John Lennon glasses and his trusty guitar. He nonchalantly sits on the edge of the stage, strums a few chords on the guitar. This is the sound check.
The audience huddled around their drinks from the improvised bar and old friends and acquaintances are greeted as a buzz of anticipation fills the foyer. The smokers and a few vapers stand outside rubbing shoulders with each other. If you’re lucky you might get to chat to Silky, rollie in hand.
The room is filling up, with the requisite 10ft exclusion zone round the front row. As an aspiring comedian, the front row is my home as audience participation is more of a challenge than a threat.
The room is buzzing. The night has attracted all kinds of folks from youngsters to the nearly dead. There are groups of friends, work outings and the odd student of comedy for tonight we are here to adore the compere Silky.
Treading the boards since 1994 Silky is a skilled Compere and musician and gently pokes fun at modern life. He improvises songs he interacts he warms up and whips up the audience. This is his territory and he is fantastic.
A bastion for established and up and coming comics this is the place to be.
if you get a chance, give it a go, you might even see the funny side of comedy.
Llangollen Comedy Club last Friday of the month Llangollen Pavillion (no shows July and August)