Comedy: Bet your flat on a funny night at Jongleurs

Paul Pirie
Paul Pirie
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If you’re looking for an escape from all the music this weekend, then Jongleurs in Gunwharf Quays is the place to go tomorrow night.

First up is John Lynn – now, he may have a haircut straight out of a ‘70s wedding photo, but he has a lot of old-fashioned Irish charm, too.

This relaxed, conversational comic starts so low-key you wouldn’t even know he was doing material – and if you were being unkind, you might say that the initial scarcity of punch lines adds to that impression, too.

But gradually he grows into to the task; the observational routines get tighter and the gags sharper, even harsher – though he always delivers them with such a twinkle that he gets away with it. He’s as intolerant of children as only an ex-teacher can be, and suggests punishment by melon that may fall under the UN’s definition of ‘unusual’.

And for the second-week running Jamaican born Tony Hendriks brings his distinctly Caribbean flavoured comedy. He’s been described as Jamaica’s greatest export that makes you laugh – except he’s legal.

Among his awards, he was voted Best Jamaican Comedian by the Jamaican public 1999 and 2000, Best International Comic at the Black Entertainment Comedy Awards UK in London 2005, and won a Race In Media Award 2002 on BBC Radio London.

Scottish comedian Paul Pirie will be venturing south of the border for the gig.

He began his stand-up career in April 2004 after giving up acting to pursue the funny man that lies within and quickly established himself on the Scottish comedy circuit. It should also be pointed out that at the time he was living with his gran, having given away his flat in a pub quiz.

His comedic ability was recognized in 2006 when he took second place in the Scottish Comedian of the Year Award, and has had several other popular shows at Glasgow Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, including the sell-out Four Men and a Little Lady.

Completing the bill is stand-up, presenter, actor and compere Quincy.

He’s hosted his own live chat show, been a TV warm-up man and has presented on BBC1 Xtra and Klymaxx FM.

Besides playing the Comedy Store, and regular weekends at Jongleurs and Jongleurs on the Road, he also tours in large-scale venues all over the UK as a stand-up and in sketch shows, including United Colours of Comedy at the Hackney Empire and Big Sister at The Oval Theatre, The Hackney Empire and Stratford East Theatre. He is currently working on a sitcom.

Doors open at 6.45pm, last entry is at 7.45pm and show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £15, or £25 including 2-course dinner. Jongleurs.com or call 08700 111960.