Hungerford is about to get its very own regular comedy night in the Town Hall/Corn Exchange.
The Hungerford Comedy Club run by Graeme Coulam is offering the chance to win a ticket for its launch event on Friday September 15.
All you need to do is share the Donald Trump post on the Hungerford Comedy Club facebook page and you will be entered into a draw.
The night will feature four professional comedians with a range of styles (musical comedian Ben Champion, local comic Ed Pownall, master of the one-liner Richard Lindesay and brilliant impressionist Joseph Wilson), plus MC and host Graeme Coulam. There will also be a limited cash bar.
Tickets are available online at www.hungerfordcomedyclub.org.uk. or from LJ Smith Accountants on Hungerford High Street. (Please note LJ Smith can only sell tickets between 10am and 4.30pm)
“Running a comedy event in Hungerford has actually been a long time ambition,” says Graeme, who used to work in the town and was a member of the Hungerford Club for several years. He has also performed in amdram productions at HADCAF, and in Kintbury, including a performance of his own play ‘Load of Old Bowls’.
Graeme has been performing stand-up since 1991, has taken one-man shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and had work on BBC and ITV. More locally, having run similar comedy/music nights in Newbury over the past couple of years, he thinks the time is right to bring a comedy night to Hungerford. The idea is to run a night once every two months to begin with, but if it proves popular then there might be an opportunity to run more often.
“We will be bringing professional acts to the town, people that you might expect to see at some of the bigger comedy venues in London. But of course by bringing them to Hungerford, we’ll be saving local people the time, effort, expense and hassle of making the trip to a bigger town or city. It’s very much a community project though, so I want to vary the kinds of comedy performer that we bring over – perhaps including sketch performers and comedy poets, as well as stand-up – and more than anything, I want it to be a fun, friendly and fabulous night out with something for everyone. There might even be a chance for someone to ‘have a go’ but this isn’t going to be the kind of comedy night where audiences are made to feel uncomfortable or vulnerable. It’s all about the laughs and creating a nice relaxed atmosphere where the audience can just come, and enjoy a great night out close to home.”
The idea has received support from local businesses, and Graeme is keen to thank Marc Allen, Dickins Hopgood & Chidley and LJ Smith for their support. LJ Smith are also acting as box office for the night, and shops such as Hungerford Bookshop, The Naked Grape, Bossoms, Ellie Dickins and Farewise Travel have offered support in other ways.
The lovely Richard Lindesay (one of the comics on our opening night on Sept 15) is setting you a joke challenge that he will attempt to respond to on the night. He’s a master joke writer (runs courses and everything) so see if you can stump him. Anyone can post two words/ideas/concepts on our facebook page, or via email to email@example.com, and Richard will turn them into a joke. So why not take up the challenge and see what Rich does with your suggestions. Of course, you’ll have to be there to see what happens…. Tickets for the night cost £9 and you can get them from LJ Smith Accountants in town, or, subject to browser issues not causing problems, online at www.hungerfordcomedyclub.org.uk . Hope to see you there.