Good news if ‘the couples are in’

Joe Wells
Joe Wells
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Laugh your way through Valentine’s Day with live comedy at The Spring in Havant, hosted by former Guide Award winner Joe Wells.

Ray Peacock – one half of renowned double-act Peacock and Gamble, as seen on Russell Howard’s Good News – will be joining Joe, along with local comic Adam Broomfield-Strawn, plus one more special guest, to be announced.

What can people expect from The Havant Comedy Club?

I think it’s different to any club around really. It’s not a new acts night, it’s a professional comedy night, but we like to put on new and up and coming acts as well. I can’t think of any club that does that, apart from maybe one a bit like that in Guildford. I think it’s really important to put on newer comics. And I try to put acts on that are exciting to see live. Ray Peacock is a brilliant improviser and quite exciting when he goes off-piste – it’s something that’s not just like Live at the Apollo.

How do you put the bills together?

Adam’s local to Havant and he’s really good. He’s a great example of someone who’s newer and worth seeing but you won’t get at the Wedgewood Rooms, for example. We had someone called Daniel Edison recently who’s another Havant comic who’s very new, and he was very good – it’s good to see these people develop. I try to think of the night as a whole. If I’ve got something really out there and weird and leftfield, I will also try and have someone a bit more accessible. It’s a kind of balancing act. It’s the difference between independent clubs and the clubs that are booked in London – I’ll get booked for a chain promoter at a gig, which I’m being deliberately vague about, when it’s been me and two other political comedians. I love political comedy, but I know it’s not everybody’s thing.

So why should people be coming to you on the most romantic night of the year?

I think that comedy’s a really good thing for couples – a lot of comics say that comedy shows with couples in are the best shows. I think if you’re in the green room, and the comics are saying ‘‘the couples are in’’, it’s shorthand for ‘‘it’s going to be a good gig’’. Comedy isn’t a place to go to have a really wild night and get very drunk – but they want to have a good night and be entertained. Plus it’s good value – it’s £10 and that’s what the cinema costs.

It sounds like Havant Comedy Club is a little different to some others...

It’s not like going to Jongleurs where there’s a lot of hen dos and work dos, and there’s lots of heckling and put-downs and it’s quite gladiatorial.

One thing that’s been good about Havant is that I’ve been able to put something on that’s a bit more gentle and interesting, and it allows comics to do different things.

Doors open 8pm tomorrow, and tickets cost £10 in advance, £12.50 on the door. Go to or call (023) 9247 2700.