Comedy Club 4 Kids

Note: This review is from 2006

Review by Steve Bennett

This is an intriguing concept: club comics being forced to deliver their sets without swearing ­ and even sharing the bill with child stand-ups.

Compere was Janice Phayre, always a high-energy act. If she can't get an audience in an upbeat mood, then it can't be done. She was on especially good form this afternoon, winning over children and parents alike. But she was far too nice when a precocious child kept interrupting the show. We'd have all been happy had she slapped him, but she restrained herself. By the end I don't think that even the boy's parents would have objected.

First of the acts was Pete Jonas, whose material about being from Australia wasn't that well received by the youngsters, who just couldn't relate to his material about Neighbours and Home And Away. But he did raise a titter from the kids when he demonstrated how he would play tunes on women's 'butt cracks'. Adults, however, were more receptive to his banter ­ especially the dads.

Next on the bill was a child comic called Chris, understandably nervous as he took to the stage. However his confidence grew after the first laugh in a clever, well-written set and pitched just right. He was adored by all, and no one wanted him to leave the stage.

The headliner was another Australian, Mickey D, who provided just the right combination of naughtiness, sarcasm and loud confidence to please everyone.

The line-ups here change every day, so you can return time and again, and ­ judging from today's bill ­ be thoroughly entertained.

Ava Vidal


And the kids' views...

Janice Phayre was loud and communicated very well with the audience. She jumped around the stage a lot. The first act she introduced was Pete Jonas who performed a series of jokes that were obviously for adults but with the rude words taken out. Most of the adults laughed but the children were silent throughout.

Next was Chris who was quite funny and he had well written jokes. Mickey D was on last. He was quite weird, loud and very energetic. His act was good for adults and children.

Shaquelle Vidal, aged 12

Janice Phayre the MC was crazy. I didn't find her jokes funny but it was funny that she was crazy. Crazy people make me laugh.

Pete Jonas was a saddo. He is cruel. He is boring. I did not find him funny. Chris was too young to be a comedian and his cheeks were chubby. He said that his Mum was a chocoholic. There is no such thing. I think he meant alcoholic. My Mum is one too.

Mickey D also had a chubby face. He told us he had fungus on his ear. If he did, he is disgusting. He was funny and he got fired from KFC. I would fire him if he worked for me.

DD Vidal-Adegun, aged 7

Review date: 1 Jan 2006
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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