“ A chain of comedy clubs in Yorkshire, England „
On Saturday 25th April 2009 I attended the Last Laugh Comedy Club at Sheffield's City hall as part of a birthday celebration for a couple of friends. It was my first visit to this show but due to its popularity it is necessary to book tickets well in advance so having had the tickets since the beginning of the year it was something that I had been looking forward to.
The Comedy Club takes place every Friday and Saturday night. It is held in the Memorial Hall, which has a seating capacity for 500 people and invariably always sells out. The acts are usually only announced a few weeks in advance so most people book tickets before the acts have been announced because usually by the time the acts are confirmed there are no tickets left. The acts are not major national names that you will have seen on TV but they are established stand up comedians that tour the circuit.
Toby Foster, a local comedian and part time radio DJ on local Radio Sheffield hosts each evening. The doors opened at 7.30pm and Toby came on stage around 8pm for a 10-15 minute slot before announcing the first act. On the night that I attended the first act on stage was Roger Monkhouse, son of the legendary Bob Monkhouse. He was superb with the sort of witty observational sense of humour that most people can relate to. He has lived in Sheffield for the past 25 years and many of his jokes and tales had a local theme. Roger Monkhouse's act lasted about half an hour, which ended with a 15 minute interval.
During the interval there are two bars that are open to buy drinks from. They are also open before the show begins from 7.30am until 8pm but they close whilst the acts are on stage. Drinks at the bar are quite expensive and since everyone heads to the bar at the same time the queues are long.
I can't even recall the names the second and third comedians that came on stage but they were both equally as good as Roger Monkhouse with acts that also lasted about half an hour each with a 15 minute interval in between and brief appearances from Toby Foster after and before. At the end of the night the tables were moved away and there was a 1980's themed disco which I think continued until around 1am.
Food is available from the bar but consisted more of snacks rather than full meals. We had a plate of nachos and dips for our table but baked potatoes and paninis were also available.
The Last Laugh Comedy Club also takes place occasionally at other venues in the Sheffield area although the Memorial Hall at the City Hall is its regular home. Tickets cost £15 and all guests must be over 18 years of age.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Last Laugh Comedy Club and I am sure that I will return again one day.