Last Thursday myself and Ben took ourselves down for a night of laughs at The Balham Bowls Club. We were invited by the gorgeous We Love Comedy team and we had such a brilliant time, I honestly can't recommend it enough.
First up, let's talk venue.
The bowls club’s history has been perfectly preserved, with a series of small, wood-panelled rooms downstairs decorated with chesterfields, mismatched furniture and what seems like millions of teapots and upstairs there is a beautiful and equally mismatched venue room where the comedy night was held.
We Love Comedy had dressed the room perfectly and as soon as you walked in you felt immediately comfortable and right at home.
Our host for the night was comedian Sean Brightman and he was hilarious! We were lucky enough to have chosen to sit in the fourth row as Sean particularly liked picking on the third row (so, so, so lucky!). I did end up feeling so sorry for the incredibly built guy sitting in front of us who was challenged to a wrestle. Thankfully (for Sean mostly) this progressed to a simple arm wrestle and then to rock paper scissors. In the end Sean got another audience member up to do his dirty work, which was highly amusing!
Look at the size of that guys arm muscles.
Anyway, moving on to the all important comedians. They were all fantastic!
As comedy is such a personal thing, sometimes comedy nights can be a little crap if they only have one "type" of comedian on. But what I found at this comedy night is VARIETY. They were all so different, there was something to suit everyone.
My favourites were Tom Allen and Angela Barnes.
Ben's favourites were Tom Allen (he really was halarious), Tim Shishodia and Mark Stephenson.
What I loved most about this comedy night was the FEEL of it. Relaxed, casual, comfortable, easy and quirky. I could not recommend this night more. If you are around you should definitely snap up tickets as this night is going to be a big one.
And now for some details:
The We Love Comedy night will be held in the upstairs Ballroom at The Balham Bowls Club on the LAST THURSDAY of each month.
The We Love Comedy website can be found over here.
They also run comedy nights in Brixton and our East so check those out if they are closer to you!