REVIEW: Wedge Comedy Club (with Angela Barnes), Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Angela Barnes
Angela Barnes
Hats off to Led Zeppelin performing live. Picture by Trev Earl

Doffing the cap to one of the all-time greats – Led Zeppelin – at The Spring in Havant

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The Wedgewood Rooms’ comedy club opened its doors for the first time in 2017 with a cracker.

Compered by Dinga, the sold-out night showcased three fantastic acts from the circuit.

Ellie Taylor opened the show with a set largely focused on her sexual adventures, or lack thereof. The newlywed regrets missing out on her ‘slaggy period’ and wasn’t ashamed to talk about it!

Next was Roger Monkhouse – one of the funniest comics I’ve seen at the Wedge – who had the crowd laughing from the moment he opened his mouth: ‘If someone killed a prostitute or went on a shooting spree, invariably, they would look like me’. His monotonous, self-deprecating style was hilarious as he described online dating for over-50s as ‘a parade of fruit loops and sea monsters’.

Headliner Angela Barnes, now in her 40s, describes a walk of shame as a ‘parade of triumph’, much to my amusement. The way she handled a drunken reveller was, by far, the slickest I’ve ever seen. Too rude to print, but let’s just say I don’t think he’ll pipe up again. Hecklers, you’ve been warned!