The latest offering from the Wedgewood Rooms was almost a sell-out but certainly a success.
Having travelled eight hours to get to the gig, headline act Jim Smallman began by saying ‘you lot better laugh’. Thankfully, we were only too happy to oblige. The tattoo-clad comedian delighted with his act which mainly focussed on anecdotes about his quick-witted little girl and his dim-witted father. His tale of interrupting an arguing couple on the train is not to be missed.
The highlight of the night, however, was Tony Marresse. He had the audience fooled into thinking he was American as he took to the stage with jokes about his wife.
However, the comic soon confessed he was actually from Hackney then delivered an act with some of the best accents that I’ve heard. His observational comedy was littered with impersonations including his Italian father, London gangsters and the middle class. He concluded his stint with a flawless Arnold Schwarzenegger imitation.
Describing her height as somewhere on the weird scale between ‘bearded circus lady’ and ‘woman with a missing finger’, the 6ft 1in Andrea Hubert impressed with a set containing gags about football rivalries, the London riots and the dating game.