The Healey Club is in the village of Healey just outside Rochdale, Lancashire and Saturday was the first night of comedy here. The show sold out three weeks in advance so at least audience numbers weren’t going to be a problem. I did have a couple of concerns about this show though – the first being the room layout. It’s not a straightforward room for stand up but can be made to work. the key to this would be getting the seating spot on. Its also a bit long and thin for comedy which isn’t ideal as the people at the back can become disengaged from the show.
Fortunately, the steward, Steve, is the kind of bloke I can do business with. He wants a great night for his customers and is prepared to take advice on board to achieve that which makes life a lot easier all round.
I was MCing but with Tom Wrigglesworth and Jo Caulfield taking care of opening and closing my role was pretty much ancillary. The middle spot was taken by Jack Carroll who is best known from his appearances on Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago.
The show got underway and the reception was warmer than expected as the audience were mainly, well, older than me and that isn’t usually my safest demographic. No need to worry though as they were fine. I MC’d in quite a mainstream fashion which does nothing for me personally but it seemed to work just fine. After the usual fifteen minutes of chat, letting them now how the night works and explaining the mobiles off and no talking rules I handed over the reins to the ever excellent Tom and set off to the back of the room to encounter a small kerfuffle between a couple and a table of four males of varying ages.
‘Would you mind not talking?’ asked the lady in the couple
‘Well you keep laughing.’ replied the dunderwit
Even by the standards of the sort of idiot who talks through a show they have paid to see this was breathtakingly world class idiocy. I almost admired him. Words were said. More words were said. The idiots idioted off.
Tom had had a blinder and Jack trotted out his fifteen minutes bringing us nicely to the second interval.
My second concern was the PA Loose tweeter in the PA