Mon 19 Sept
The Yard, Cardiff
words: LYNDA NASH
Comedians frighten me. It’s all to do with words. I’m scared they’ll run out of things to say; especially when they are trying to engage an audience who is one step ahead and reluctant to become part of the act. Laughter, though, is the best medicine – especially when it’s aimed at someone else.
I needn’t have worried as the acts at Carnival Comedy’s opening night were professional. First up was Swansea comedian Dan Thomas who had just opened for Russell Kane at St David’s Hall before he popped in to entertain us with his fast-paced wit. Next to grace the stage was Jordan Brookes –who had the audience shaking in their boots with his bizarre comedic style. The third act of the evening, Mark Oliver – who has supported Russell Howard – used his time in the spotlight to practice his new jokes before he unleashes them onto larger audiences.
Cardiff’s newest comedy club is the brainchild of Robin Morgan – a comedian in his own right. He aims to bring BIG comedians to smaller venues so we can see the best for less. The Yard is an intimate venue and when the entertainment commenced it was easy to forget you were upstairs in a pub and not in a cosy basement bar.
The highlight of the evening was headliner Joe Lycette – a comedian so relaxed and comfortable in front of a crowd that you felt as if you’d known him all your life. I wanted more.
Carnival comedy opens its doors once a month on a Monday at 7.30 pm. The show runs from 8.30 till 10.30 but come early to get a seat. Tickets are £5 – which, for five professional comedians, is great value for money. The next performance is on Mon 31 Oct. Keep your eye on Twitter and Facebook for more information.