Spinnaker Tower Comedy Club

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The city’s newest comedy club raised laughter to new heights.

Headline act Jarred Christmas took no prisoners with his raucous routine, raging at full throttle and leaving us breathless with laughter.

The kiwi comic, a familiar face from TV’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Mock the Week, was the cherry on top of a three-hour line-up, kicking off what deserves to be a long-running fixture at Portsmouth’s towering landmark.

Guests were invited to arrive for drinks from 7pm, to take the lift to View Deck 1 with its famous glass floor, and enjoy stunning views of Portsmouth and beyond by night.

Then it was downstairs to the Waterfront Cafe for the show at 8pm, where Banter Comedy Club’s Portsmouth-based host James Alderson warmed the audience for the jollity ahead.

First up was Ava Vidal, seen on TV in Michael Macintyre’s Comedy Roadshow, with novel ideas on childcare, racism and friendship.

Middle man Kelly Kingham, like a post-ironic, darkly cheeky Frank Spencer, had tales of marital woe and pet care that provoked gales of laughter.

Jarred was the deserved star of the show, gleefully ticking off topical markers with jokes about horsemeat, the Pope and the Russian meterorite and airing hilarious ideas for revenge on errant children and how to win at Monopoly. Tickets sold fast, so book early for May.

ALAN COOPER