Comedy Fight Night

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Friday 16th August 2013

York Hall
Bethnal Green,
London E1

Lets get ready to ruuuumble. Better watch the mic. Watch the mic.

Readers. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, you are gathered here today to read the world exclusive, the one and only review of the inaugural Comedy Fight Night.

Gathered here are commentaries on some of the leading heavyweight, middleweight and featherweight contenders for the comedy championship of the world.

Comedy fight night at the famous East End York Hall boxing venue provided an irresistible chance to see some of the baddest comedians in Britain strut their funky stuff.

Not only that, as all are contenders for British titles at The Black Comedy Awards 2013, this was a great opportunity to see exactly what kind of shape some of the leading contenders were in.

Undercard

Before the boxing, sorry, comedy began, fans were entertained by two dance troupes.

Round 1

First into the ring were an all male dance troupe. Consisting of six men they delivered an energetic street dance routine. Their leaping around, spinning, body popping and all round gyratory moves  got proceedings off to a good, lively start.

Round 2

Exquisite 

Exquisite comprised two male Rappers.  Unfortunately they suffered from poor acoustics which made it very difficult to make out the lyrics being dropped. Musically I’m afraid to say it was all somewhat of a loud mush, that sadly made little sense.

The young guys bounced around the stage but made little impact. A lot of shadow boxing but lacking any punch.

Round 3

Roger D

Long time no see. I haven’t seen Roger D for some years so I was keen to see how he fared.

He joked re his heavyweight presence and poked fun at his relationships with other fat people. It was enjoyable and new to hear about his unusual heritage – half Ghanain and half Scottish via Manchester. Roger made humorous observations re the assumptions people make about this.

Like the previous acts he suffered from poor microphone acoustical problems. A real shame and disappointing for performers when this happens as it’s out of their control. However all in all it was a welcome return to the ring and in a confident, polished performance Roger showed few signs of ring rust.

Round 4

Wayne “Dibbi” Rollins

Ringmaster and Master of Ceremonies for the night was Wayne “Dibbi” Rollins.

He proved himself a popular crowd pleaser keeping proceedings moving along nicely. Wayne engaged well with the audience bantering away with the Birmingham posse (both of them LoL) and bringing on stage a lady celebrating her birthday so everyone could sing a happy birthday to her. Nice touch.

That wasn’t the only time she appeared on stage. See  the review of Victor Romero Evans.

It was a characteristic high energy compering performance from Bajan Wayne. For me though I found the Caribbean island shout outs tiresome and a bit dated, c1990

It’s similar to the jokes on the night from various comedians about the differences between Black v White people. It’s a bit old hat, discriminatory even. When Black people go to see the likes of Lee Nelson, Jimmy Carr, Michael Mcintyre or any regular mainstream multi line up gig the acts don’t do this. They don’t make black people feel uncomfortable, so I’m not sure black comedians should be doing this as frequently as they do, if at all.

Wayne Rollins is a double nominee in The Black Comedy Awards 2013 for ‘Best Supporting Actor’  and ‘Best Comedy Theatre’ – both for ‘the Revenge of Shelley Benover’.

To vote in the awards (all winners are determined by the public vote except the Lifetime Achievement Award and Best Selling DVD) as well as purchase tickets to attend the Clapham Grand awards ceremony in October 2013 please go to http://www.tiemo.co.uk/black-comedy-awards-2013/

If Wayne’s your lady, sorry, man then vote for him. There are of course other nominees in his categories.

Round 5

Shabba

The second contender to step into the ring was Shabba the comedian. He is a nominee for Best Male Newcomer at’The Black Comedy Awards 2013′.

He delivered a confident set using musical tracks to accompany his set. The youngest comedian on stage tonight his routine reflected youthful concerns, which were fairly well received.

Shabba can be heard Monday – Friday, 10am-1pm on We Are Bang Radio 103.6FM.

Round 6

Annette Fagon

The second main contender to climb into the ring, hailing from Leicester, was the one and only Annette Fagon. One of 8 contenders for Best Female Comedienne in The Black Comedy Awards 2013.

Annette expertly and humorously incorporated music, dance and comedy into her routine.

She worked the ring and mic very well, making everyone feel included in her performance. This can’t be easy in a boxing ring with three quarters of the audience unable to see you front on at any one time.

I loved the jokes re how we used to listen to music back in the day.

Good, solid set from Annette. On this performance I would expect her to do well in the awards.

Round 7

Glenda Jaxson

Nominee Best Female Comedienne 9th Black Comedy Awards 2011

Nominee Best Female Comedienne 10th Black Comedy Awards 2013

Forth nominee of the night Glenda Jaxson delivered a strong set, which, in similar vein to Annette, made good use of music, reminiscing about the old days. There were some old favourites too as she joked about the street lingo her sons use.

Glenda should be a leading contender for Best Female Comedienne in The Black Comedy Awards 2013. Will she make it to the second round of public voting? That’s down to you. If you have yet to vote, you’ll need to hurry.

Round 8-10

King and Queens of Lovers Rock

Round 8 – Victor Romero Evans

Victor Romero Evans kicked off the post interval proceedings with a few soulful lovers rock songs. He also brought back into the ring Birthday girl to serenade and dance with her. A very nice touch.

Round 9 – Carol Thompson

Round 10 – Janet Kay

Victor was followed by Carol Thompson and Janet Kay. All engaged the audience in a sing a long to some of their most well known songs.

This provided a nice interlude between the comedy but perhaps it was too much time and there should just have been 1-2 singers as it had an unfortunate knock on effect on proceedings.

Round 11

Richard “Sweet Boy” Blackwood

Richard Blackwood

Richard Blackwood – Best Comedian Acting 2012 – Tiemo Entertainments Black Comedy Awards

Richard was introduced as the sweet boy of comedy, but when it comes to the sweet science of comedy how did he fare? In a show billed as a heavyweight title fight,  Richard Blackwood v Slim, we were now witnessing the main event of the night.

Richard Blackwood could be forgiven for showing signs of ring rustiness having spent the last two years acting in Shrek the musical.

However there were few visible signs of this. The confident swagger was all there, as was the good humoured banter with the crowd. There were some old favourites mixed in such as the Supernanny routine.  However, there was too much Caribbean island shout out material for my liking. It had been done earlier by Wayne. I think Richard’s far better than that and shouldn’t have to be doing that. Though it gets a few cheap laughs I don’t really consider it comedy in its purest sense. It’s more akin to pantomime comedy.

He generally seemed to be going through the motions, mainly delivering material I’ve heard before.

Richard, winner of ‘Best Comedy Actor’ – The Black Comedy Awards 2012 is the joint highest nominated comedian in The Black Comedy Awards 2013 with an amazing FOUR nominations to his name. These are for ‘Best Male Comedian’, ‘Best Supporting Actor – Donkey in Shrek’, ‘Best Comedy Play – Shrek’ and ‘Best Stand Up Comedy Host’.

Round 12

Slim

Winner Best Male Comedian and Funniest Comedy Moment – The Black Comedy Awards 2012

Slim - Performer on the night and Double WInner - Best Male Comedian and Funniest Comedy Moment 2011 @ TIemo Entertainments Black Comedy Awards 2011

Slim – Performer on the night and Double WInner – Best Male Comedian and Funniest Comedy Moment 2012 @ TIemo Entertainments Black Comedy Awards 2012

Slim, the featherweight, weighing in at 4 stone sometin, usually packs a heavyweight comedy punch. He was the final headline act of the night and was well worth the wait.

Of all the 11 acts on stage I considered him to be the one who worked the ring to best effect. Working all four corners non-stop. Every comedic jab and uppercut landing sweetly, rocking the audiences funny bones back and forth.

He actually treated the boxing ring as a court room and took on the role of  Barrister for the prosecution as he humourously, yet seriously and passionately dissected three major cases. The murder of Drummer Lee in Woolwich on 22nd May 2013, Oscar Pistorius’s alleged murder of his girlfriend Riva and the kidnap and house arrest in America of three women for 10 years.

It was topical, clear, concise and funny. Moreso it wasn’t stereotypical Black comedy. Slim simply focussed on three big stories and made them pertinent and culturally relevant to the jury, sorry, audience before him.

He had the audience in fits of laughter. Slim didn’t just deliver rib tickling comedy. His comedy was truly knock out as he more than punched above his weight to leave the audience on a high.

He is a nominee and the defending champion ‘ Best Male Comedian’ ahead of the forthcoming ‘Black Comedy Awards 2013’. On the strength of this barnstorming performance he will take some stopping.

We could have enjoyed a few more rounds with Slim but due to over running this wasn’t to be. He came on stage at around 23:50 and finished around 00:10pm. For a show that started around 20:15 to over run such that the stage time of the headline act is cut short is frankly, utterly unacceptable.

Worse still, it means attendees, including this Reviewer, missed their last train home. Cue the violins (LoL). Seriously though, this isn’t on and shows should finish at a decent time respectful of the many commuters who rely on public transport.

The problem wasn’t even so much late starting (15-20m late) wasn’t too bad and I think Slim was totally wrong to blame the audience. There were plenty of people inside by the 8pm showtime. The show should have started then. Those lost 15-20 minutes cost Slim time. That is the promoter’s responsibility.

Essentially there were just far too many acts on the bill. The  first half ran on for far, far too long at two hours. A four hour show is over indulgent and un-necessary. You can deliver value for money and a great night with far less acts.

We had some very good performances on stage. Comedy fight night was a decent show and a fantastic, innovative idea, but less acts, far better audio and a show that ends well before midnight would have made for a much better night.

© Tiemo Talk of the Town

25th August 2013

The Black Comedy Awards 2013

Annette Fagon, Glenda Jaxson, Richard Blackwood, Slim and Wayne “Dibbi” Rollins are all nominees at The Black Comedy Awards 2013 set for October  2013.

To vote in the awards (all winners except the Lifetime Achievement Award and Best Selling DVD awards are determined by the public vote) as well as purchase tickets to attend the Clapham Grand awards ceremony please visit The Black Comedy Awards 

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4 Responses to Comedy Fight Night

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  2. john.wells says:

    I got to the Comedy Fight Night early and there were good spirits about, considering a few late audience shows!! The Comedians made me laugh, I agree, at the beginning there were difficulties hearing them, however they sorted it out and we could hear the comedians through their mics, throughout the rest of the ‘comedy ring matches’. I loved the engagement with the crowd, the comedians like to show respect to all that come and recognise the audience come from all over the place, quite welcoming really. They always proceed to take the ‘micky’ out of us for coming from different islands, Black people love doing this!!! I agree, I prefer new material and some jokes I had heard before, however slapstick comedy is one of my favourites and the Comedians really showed their talent not only verbally but struggling to get in and out the boxing ring, dancing around to get out attention was funny, especially dressing up as a women really tickled me. He made several advances on men and that really made me laugh!!!! What!!!!!!!!

    I enjoyed watching Dibbi, could relate to him as my family are Scottish and my family name comes from their and I’m black, but my mother is mixed so his jokes hit a light humour note with me.
    Shabba was hilarious, a true Jam down joker, really made me laugh.
    I love Glenda, Richard and Slim, they are my favourites, you know their material, but they are funny. Slim again was my most favourite, not because he is Jamaican, but because, I agree he understood the ‘match ring concept’ and being innovative, he used the opportunity to engage with the audience, but this is nothing new for Slim and in fact, like the others, some of his material I had heard before. Notably he makes a point of making his jokes relevant and that is why I like his modern approach!!!

    I was pleased I was invited to go, because what I liked most was the fact, it was not a straight comedy night, there were musical artists, dancers and Annette Fagon in particular, incorporated music, dance and comedy into her routine, and I so loved it!!!!.

    John

  3. Tiemo Talk says:

    @John – “Jam down Joker” LoL. That’s a new one on me!

    Thanks very much for your considered and thoughtful response. I found it very interesting and I loved how your enjoyment of the evening came across loud and clear. That’s wonderful.

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