So it’s been a long time between drinks but last night we decided to leave the warm sunshine and venture across town to a basement on Oxford Road. A last minute decision seen us taking in Comic’s Anonymous at its new home at the recently refurbished Joshua Brooks, taking camp in their basement. A tight little venue usually used for music creating a cosy atmosphere and good stage setting for comedians to peddle their wares and crack wise.
Comic’s Anonymous has been going for a few years, previously pitching up at the Tiger Lounge and until recently at Fab Cafe and is ran on a weekly basis by circuit legend Tuesday Tony. The night is primarily an open mic night which is on every Thursday from 8pm, giving 5 minute slots to allow experienced comics try out new material, newbies to have a go and everything in between.
I arrived just after 8 to see a large rabble in the corner which I’d find out later was the comedian contingent gearing up for the gig. After a slight mix up at the bar where I’d accidentally pushed in and then allowed the gentlemen to order his drink in which we then both apologised as is the custom up north. I plump for a pint of Chorlton Pale which is only £2(!) and is ‘always that price, even at 7am when we’re shut’ as the barmaid informs me. I mull around for 5 minutes, checking twitter and slowly supping my bargain of a pint (God bless gigs in students-ville) before spotting the crowd start to make their way down to the basement.
The venue starts to fill up quickly and as is the norm no one sits on the front row, however the crafty MC Anna Spark removes the front bench and as if by magic the girls occupying the second row are now in the front row firing line! The room is certainly packed and the bill is also chocker with the night being split up into three parts to accommodate the numbers.
Unfortunately there was too many comedians to keep count and review them all! However there were notable performances from David Eagle, who gave us a glimpse into his world as a blind comic and the challenge of not being able to write down any of his gags! Anna Spark, the MC for the evening left us all thinking about our conception and did a superb job ensuring the night ran smoothly, Simon Lomas testing out some new material and regaling us with an heroic tale of returning a woman’s phone that day, AJ Hill bringing his unique sense of wackiness and plethora of props and Tuesday Tony, the man himself taking to the stage and leading by example with a strong set.
All in all a fun night with mixed abilities with some new comedians taking to the stage but a supportive audience and taking place in a great venue. The tight setting and intimately lit stage under the arch has a sort of American comedy club feel to it and at the very least will provide would-be comics with a great profile pic for their Tinder profiles, Tinder being a very recurring topic throughout the night!
Comic’s Anonymous takes place every Thursday from 8pm at Joshua Brooks.