On 5th March 2015, Laura Lexx, Andy White and Christian Reilly took to the stage for a night of entertainment.
Compere Laura Lexx led the show with a very personable opening, engaging with the audience. Her quick wit was emphasised by the ability to make a joke out of anything the audience threw at her. Although it was clear that Laura lacked confidence in her own jokes the feeling was not mirrored by the audience who were laughing continuously. She was impressive, quick and adaptable, effortlessly warming the audience up for the first act: Andy White.
Andy White’s performance was irrefutably hilarious. He gripped the audience from the moment he graced the stage in an eccentric velvet waistcoat and a quirky gait. Andy is a Birmingham raised comedian and his endless number of relatable jokes about the city gained him immediate approval from the local audience. Andy’s set provided a perfect balance between rehearsed jokes and improvisation with the audience which left everyone gasping for air between gags. The set was a non-stop joy ride that steers you through many side-splitting anecdotes about being a father, a comedian and a Brummie.
His hilarity was enriched with his talent for impressions from recreating biblical stories through a Big Brother impression to singing the Flintstones theme tune in French. Andy’s performance displayed his ability to work an audience of any demographic or size and would fit perfectly with comedians at the top of the industry such as Michael McIntyre and Rob Brydon.
Headliner Christian Reilly took to the stage after a short interval and provided comedy at the other end of the spectrum. With slightly risqué content, Christian used a guitar as a clever tool to engage with the audience. Although the start of the set felt like a school music lesson he moved into his main section and, through a series of relevant songs he parodied, had the audience in hysterics. A standout song was “Popeing nine to five” a Dolly Parton parody describing the daily responsibilities of being the Pope. An original song “Jennifer” describes a break up with his girlfriend and contained great physical gags that had the audience crying with laughter.
His musical humour is sophisticated and resourceful but very occasionally hard to grasp for a younger audience. Despite the contrasting humour to both Laura and Andy, Christian’s clear experience in the comedy industry carried him well with the audience laughing the entire way through.
Overall, the comedy night at Bramall Music Hall was an impressive display of inspiring, clever and entertaining comedy which we both thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone as a great way to spend an evening.