Comedy showcase has laughs for all

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Review by Suzie Pike

Funhouse Comedy, Atrium, High Street Grantham

COMPERE Spiky Mike kicked off the show and after picking on a few shy audience members he managed to find someone who was willing to play along and this bizarre but very funny interaction warmed everyone up nicely for the show.

First on as a replacement for Michael Fabbri, who was apparently stuck in an airport somewhere in Europe, was Alfie Moore.

He is a serving police sergeant who is mostly known for his appearance on ITV’s ‘Show Me the Funny’.

Alfie gave a polished performance, which you would expect from someone who has supported top acts such as Sarah Millican and Russell Kane on national tours.

His witty observations plus ease of delivery made this a very enjoyable start.

After a short gap to allow for the refilling of drinks the next part of the show consisted of two comedians each doing a short 15 minute set.

The first of these was Alan Armstrong, a young comedian from Brighton, who despite not being to the taste of everyone in the audience with his stories of drinking binges and unemployment woes, was my partner Marc’s favourite act of the night.

Chris Norton Walker followed with his original announcing style and despite being constantly heckled, which he coped with very well, he managed to tell some very good one-liners.

Headline act of the evening Shazia Mirza, an award winning British Asian stand up comedian from Birmingham, who has guested on numerous radio and TV shows - the most notable being ‘Have I Got News For You’.

Shazia’s act was delivered in a uniquely deadpan way and consisted of observations from her world and people’s perceptions.

Apart from being slightly harsh to a lady sitting on the front row Shazia was able to deliver a performance which was both extremely funny and thought provoking.

Overall Grantham’s Funhouse Comedy night at the Atrium was a fun filled evening, which with four very funny but very unique comedians provided something for everyone.