COMEDIANS were treated to an interesting Taunton crowd last night (March 20) when the latest comedy evening came to town.
The ever-funny MC Geoff Whiting, for me, was the highlight of the night and brought the crowd at Brazz together with his interaction, wit and put-downs.
One member of the crowd, christened miserable Terry, made a rod for his own back by sitting on his own at the front – comedians were looking at him similar to what a shark would at a piece of meat.
He bore the brunt of the humour from all the comedians because of his lack of enthusiasm, zero facial expressions and blunt answers.
Geoff made sure he picked on fellow County Gazette colleague Michael Marsh, questioning him and others on relationships, who they were with, what they did for jobs and then proceeded to poke fun at whatever they said.
Canadian Allyson Smith was the next act on stage, and talked about her time living in Manchester, love songs and a number of sexual references.
A particular highlight was her rendition of how she described singers Shakira (a cat on heat) and Britney Spears (a chipmunk on helium) and then proceeded to sing, may I add remarkably similar to them.
Jon Murfin, who claimed to originally be from Taunton, was up next with his stories of fatherhood, becoming a parent and he drew the crowd in to his awkward story of a clingy child at a toddler’s group who experienced a face full of splashback while he was at the urinal.
He then walked people through his embarrassment of taking his young son to a toddler group with an intimidating group of mothers and having to give sperm at a clinic.
Becky Brunning had a loud, purposeful start on stage but then had an unusual, awkward tactic of bringing a book on stage with her which she looked at for questions to ask the audience.
Despite her technique not being used by any comedians I’ve seen before, she was funny, talking about how her 'kind mugger' relieved her of the weight of carrying her mobile phone before running off.
The headline act, Paul Kerensa, who has written BBC comedy shows Miranda and Not Going Out came on stage with a great introduction, getting people to cheer as pirates, women to cheer like men and vice versa.
He poked fun at his Cornish routes and at the fact that he doesn’t have a belly button, showing the crowd to prove it.
He finished with some props, telling people how intellectual mathematicians can use formulas to send abusive messages and a jibe at the Welsh language and dyslexia, and said people could write to him if they were offended.