Somewhat unusually for this show it wasn’t Susan Calman in charge, no The Calminator was unavailable, it was very pleasing to see yet another of the vast array of quality comperes, Jojo Sutherland was at the helm. It has bee n quite a while since I have seen her on stage, but as expected she was on top of things from the onset. As per the norm, Jojo managed to get the crowd warmed up, identify potential targets for others, and make everybody laugh into the process. Job done. As always.
Julia exuded confidence and stage presence from the start, yet was never cocky or overbearing. Her set was largely autobiographical and she had some killer lines in her well crafted and enjoyable set. Her life, her family, her toddler featured quite heavily, but this was always enjoyable and generated plenty of laughter throughout her set. Certainly I would like to see more based on the performance given on the night.
Tall and slender with long hair I had her down as a studenty type at first, but my goodness there is a whole different side to this linguistic lady. Looking like she wouldn’t say boo to a goose, she comes out with a set that would possibly make a docker blush, yet delivered with such panache as to have the club in stitches. The longer her set went on the more I wanted to hear, and I will look forward to hearing her again, hopefully in the near future.
One of the reasons I was especially looking forward to this gig was the fact that Jessica Fostekew, a sparkling talent I first saw doing her one woman show Luxury Tramp during Fringe 2011, was on the bill. I really enjoyed her show then and certainly was not disappointed with her set on this occasion. Bits of the 2011 show were there, but then quality material deserves to be heard by everyone, but there was a whole raft of different stuff, equally funny as well. Mix this together with her obvious acting abilities and the accents she can produce and her undoubted personality and presence made her stage-time just evaporate. I understand she will be returning toEdinburghfor Fringe 2012 so will book my ticket now.
After Jojo opened the final section with the prize draw and got he show back up and running headliner Tiffany Stevenson took the club by storm. I have been a fan of this bubbly blonde Londoner for a few years now and really though she deserved to win ‘Show me the Funny’ aired on ITV last summer. But even if she didn’t it must have raised her profile somewhat.
Ms Stevenson’s a greatly likeable stand up, and a very watchable comedian. Her material, clever and well-constructed, really does shine through and her excellent performing skills are the icing on the cake. She delivered a packed set of funny material, much of which was completely new to me. Again she is not afraid to be slightly dark at times, yet has that mischievous grin and sparkling eyes that can disarm any situation. I am sure that she did a lot to enhance her already glowing reputation and roll on August when hopefully she will also be appearing at Fringe 2012.
All too soon the night was over, and I cannot remember when I have enjoyed a Wicked Wenches more. Roll on next month.
The Stand Comedy Club offers a wide variety of top class comedy virtually every night of the week at their clubs in Edinburgh, Glasgowand now Newcastleas well. Check out their website at www.thestand.co.uk and maybe I’ll see you there.
Reviewed by Geoff