What do you do when Christmas and Boxing Day are over, the presents opened and you’ve eaten twice the amount of food you normally do and you’ve had enough of shopping in the sales? In my case I headed to Birmingham town Hall on Monday 28th December for a bowl of laughter provided by Real Deal Comedy Jam.
Hosted by Robbie Gee who gave out copies of The Real McCoy for free along with condoms which no one would get up and come to the stage for the first acted he introduced were non other that Move Like Michael Jackson dance group Peridot. The group dazzled with their trademark slick, street dance moves before racing of to let rising comedienne Miss London. Having already won an award and it has only been her first year in the scene the starlet should the hungry Brummie crowd the reason why she is becoming so popular. Dressed all in black, tapping her weave and spitting jokes like fire, she broke down how men from different races chatted up women and imitated a Beyonce routine impressing the audience who were witnessing her stand-up for the first time.
Next up was Quincy who entertained the crowd with his many accents particular the Bajan one where his family are from. Another rising comedy star Kevin J - who you may have seen of Kojo’s Comedy Funhouse on MTV – happened to be in town and stepped on stage to do a brief 5 minute set. He had the crowd hanging on to his every word.
During the next comedy interlude we were treated to the smooth sounds of rnb artists D-Walker joined by musician Bobby Stix on the guitar. Singing his own tracks mixed in with well know songs he had the ladies nodding with pleasure, however I think that his performance would have been more appreciated at a music event. After all we came to laugh. But the talent of the north Londoner was undeniable.
American comic Shortman graced the stage next donning a diamante MJ t-shirt with his bag on his back. We all sat wondering why he was wearing the back pack and he stated that ‘he was taken to a club in Birmingham called FCF that left him scared for his belongings’. If you live in Birmingham or know that club, you’d know why that is funny. His high pitched voice annoyed me and put me off his jokes but the last act US comedienne Coca Brown more than made up for that.
Bowling onto the stage saying that she’s a big girl whose bring sexy back, her fast and funny lines, combined with her bubbly and fiery personality were a great combination to end the show with. She had the audience laughing until our belly’s hurt and didn’t even want to get off stage as they flagged her to say her time was up.
The next Real Deal Comedy show is a taking place in February for Valentines and what better way than to get your loved one in the mood on V-Day night. Feed them with laughter.
The Real Deal Comedy Jam 'Valentines Special Tour!'
Thursday 11th February 2010 @ Sway, London
Friday 12th February 2010 @ Colston Hall, Bristol
Saturday 13th February 2010 @ Alexandra Theatre, B'ham
Sunday 14th February 2010 @ The Pulse (Nottingham Trent University), Nottingham