Krater Comedy Club at Komedia- Review
Krater Comedy Club
Fri 8pm, Sat 7pm & 10.30pm, most Sundays 8pm
It was Friday night, and we were being herded down to Komedia’s nerve centre- the Krater Comedy basement. Despite the show being a sell-out, everything was running like clockwork. The queues to the bar were fast paced and the food arrived remarkably quickly. The menu left me spoilt for choice. I plumped for a really tasty meat platter that came with the full accompaniment of olives, homous and bread and butter. The audience was littered with heaving plates of hearty looking nachos and burgers for hungrier diner.
We headed straight to the stage, careful to sit one row shy of the front. With long mess-hall style tables lining the basement, strangers were seated with strangers, and our table immediately got acquainted. I dutifully opened out my crisps to the group as a middle aged woman with a banshee laugh caught us up on her life story. The Friday feeling was tangible, the audience was lively, and the trials of the working week were swiftly becoming laughable. As was everything else.
As for the comedy, I was apprehensive. I half expected the evening to be an arduous, even excruciating affair. My last brush with live comedy came in the form of a barrage of feeble gags whose only effect was to expose a dropping pin and a tickly cough at the back. My fears were quickly assuaged by the real comic talent at Krater. We were belly laughing virtually throughout, this show was seriously funny. The host, Debra-Jane Appelby was a tough but endearing middle aged Yorkshire lass, who annihilated hecklers with lightning wit and happily tore strips out of the poor buggers in the front row. Paul Myrehaug followed, offering up lashings of Canadian charm, before Kiwi comic Javier Jarquin delivered a confident and flexible performance. Saving the best till last, the outstanding headliner Phil Nichol exploded onto the stage. He delivered a rampant display of physical and vigorous comedy that was completely berserk whilst somehow retaining subtlety and wit.
Komedia is not a shy affair, and the audience was often rendered hysterical by this interactive, communal and fiercely funny night. Go for the infectious atmosphere, the hyper-attentive staff but most of all to see some first rate comedians at work!