Comedy Review: Howlin Comedy Club - New Wimbledon Studio

Howlin Comedy Club

New Wimbledon Studio

Monday 26th March: New Wimbledon Studio have opened their doors on their first Howlin Comedy Night, and a very enjoyable evening it was too. A sold out crowd were there to witness 4 top comedians, and we weren't disappointed.

Miles Crawford
MC for the night was Miles Crawford, whose energy and pace set the standard for the evening. He makes you feel welcome, shakes hands with the audience and has a bit of banter with them, at one point getting a member of the crowd up on stage to help with a card trick.

Phil Butler was up first, talking about various things, particularly of note was the new iPhone and Siri of which one of his sketches involved the various misinterpretations of the phrases and answers that Siri in the UK is now well known for. Add to this an array of kids education toys to make rude words and a spot of ventriloquism,  the audience were laughing along to the rubber-faced 'Wallace and Gromit' style of Phil.

John Moloney, who was winner of the Best Live Performer award for two years running at the London Comedy Festival, has a more reserved and slow pace to his act. Quite happy to reel off stories about his cat which made a peculiar noise, the audience were in stitches throughout.

Kev Orkian
A short interval, and then it was time for the headline act - Kev Orkian, who recently played Idle Jack in New Wimbledon Theatre's panto Dick Whittington. Kev's Armenian piano playing is rather top notch, a very funny Elton John routine where he plays a scratched CD version of I'm Still Standing (which I think I have seen before - Britain's Got Talent?). A very music based routine with various piano and an endless tune is a breath of fresh air to a comedy routine, and it is good to see somebody doing something different like this. Well done!

Howlin Comedy Club will be playing the last Monday of every month, the next one will be on Monday 30th April at 7.30pm.

The confirmed line up is:

Kevin McCarthy – Is considered the godfather of modern British stand-up. A veteran of the early days of Saturday Night Live and the infamous comedy tent at Glastonbury, Kevin McCarthy remains as sharp and as likeable as the day he first appeared.

Eric Potts – Is a wonderful actor, having played parts in Coronation Street and Brookside, and recently stared, wrote and directed Dick Whittington here at New Wimbledon Theatre, he also has a huge talent in stand up comedy and has been part of the circuit for a long time.

Kerry Godliman – Kerry Godliman trained at the Rose Burford College and has since combined careers as an actress and a stand-up, after making the final of the 2003 in Babycham Funny Women competition. As well as her solo work, she is half of the sketch duo Godliam and Lane, and was one of the stars of the 2005 Channel 4 sketch show Spoons.

Andrew Bird – Andrew has appeared in TV show The Sack Race/Have I got News for you etc and is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival circuit. Time Out consider him “an exciting star”.

I'd get in quick if I were you, as this will sell out fast. Enjoy!