Spinnaker Comedy Club review: ‘A fantastic evening’

Tom Lucy
Tom Lucy

With three acts, a comic host and a trip up the Spinnaker to see Portsmouth at night, I struggle to think of a comedy club that’s better value for money.

With three acts, a comic host and a trip up the Spinnaker to see Portsmouth at night, I struggle to think of a comedy club that’s better value for money.

For this fireworks special, it was even more spectacular at the top of the tower with colourful displays on show.

Host James Alderson laced together the evening with aplomb. Impressive as always, the locally-based comedian was at his best teasing the punters with jokes about the region. Speaking of the fireworks, he quipped that ‘usually when there’s explosions behind me, it’s just kicking off in Gosport.’ His audience interaction is always a highlight – he couldn’t believe his luck when he picked out a drug recovery worker from Leigh Park.

Up first was Sy Thomas. Commenting on his surroundings he quipped: ‘It’s beautiful as a comedian to have escape route right into the sea’. His set covered the troubles of being a slender man, his woes of being unlucky in love and an anecdote about comical vandalism at his local park.

Second act, Tom Glover, was hugely impressive. He too opened with reference to the location: ‘It’s demoralising turning up to a gig when the car park has won more awards than I have.’  From talk of Sun holidays to buying his grandma an iPad, the downside to ‘Netflix and Chill’, to dressing up in the bedroom, he was brilliant from start to finish. Definitely one to watch.

Headliner, Tom Lucy, closed the night with a great set. The self-confessed Sam Smith lookalike immediately addressed how camp he is, despite being a heterosexual man. ‘I was the only one at school who felt the need to “come in” to my parents.’ Highlights included dating apps, his ‘fit mum’ and his rapport with a punter in the front row.

A fantastic evening.