World Superstars of Comedy II
Sunday 3rd November 2013
A collection of some of Black Britain’s biggest comedy stars gathered at IndigO2 to perform in a show billed as World Superstars of comedy. That’s a lot of hype to live up to and considering all but one of the line up were Black British the title was stretching things a little bit. More of that later.
Richard Blackwood was host for the night and did a great job in keeping proceedings ticking over nicely. It was fun to hear his take on C4’s recent Jamaican show. He engaged in good natured banter with the front rows and teased latecomers too.
Richard kept proceedings moving well, with good humour and audience banter. His skill at hosting was recognised by the general public who voted him Best Stand-Up Comedy Host, as well as Best Supporting Actor for ‘Donkey’ in ‘Shrek’ and Best Comedy Theatre – ‘Shrek’ at The 10th Anniversary Black Comedy Awards 2013 held in Wembley on 19th December 2013.
Richard is back at the Indig02 for his first one man show in 10 years on Saturday 11th January 2014.
Eddie Kadi entertained the audience with his dance moves and overall energy and effervescence. Eddie was on good form, cracking plenty of good jokes throughout his set.
Richard introduced him as the first and only Black British Comedian to play the main O2 arena. That was back in 2009. I wonder why Eddie hasn’t played there since. Normally when stars do their first arena show they continue on the arena only circuit. It was a tremendous achievement and one I hope Eddie and other stars on this show and elsewhere achieve. That would be real progress.
Kojo delivered a funny set. He played with the audience, doing jokes re racial stereotypes, racial differences, dating and his lack of fighting prowess.
Slim delivered another barnstorming performance. He humorously regaled the audience with stories re his daughter’s birthday party. It was quite a novel take on the subject and one you rarely hear, but it provided plenty of creative and original comedy material which had the audience in stitches.
Slim later went on to win Best Male Comedian at The 10th Anniversary Black Comedy Awards 2013. On this showing it was not hard to see why he retained his crown for the third consecutive Black Comedy Awards. This is a title he’s held since winning it at this very venue, IndigO2 in November 2009.
See Tiemo comment below 25.08.14
Great performance from ‘The Don’ of comedy. Well I’m sure everyone except the DJ thought it was. Poor soul. He got ribbed mercilessly as Curtis made it quite clear he didn’t want any music played nor DJ’s running around behind him as he performed. “I’m old school. I’ve got jokes.” Hilarious. Do not mess with Mr Walker when he’s working!
The self depracating holiday jokes re his Jamaican family’s reaction to his increased weight brought the house down.
Curtis won the ‘Best Radio Host’ award for his colourful radio show at The Black Comedy Awards 2013. Curtis was funny in poking fun at the title of this show ‘ World Superstars of Comedy II’ whilst observing that most of the line up could have got to the venue via Oyster card and London Transport!
Last on was the night’s headliner … quite an honour considering most acts on the line up are regular headliners. Alas Liberian/Ghanain Actor and Comedian Michael Blackson failed to live up to his headliner billing. There was far too much “mother F this, and mother F that” for my liking. It was as if he’d just watched a Richard Pryor video c1975 and decided that’s what he needs to do to sound American and funny. Alas that approach just didn’t work. Whilst there were some god gags that hit the mark, too many fell way short and that was reflected in a number of people walking out during his closing set.
Whether the line up merited the title, world superstars of comedy, as Curtis Walker pondered on stage, is debatable. What is beyond doubt though, is that the audience were treated to a tremendous night of comedy from some of the best Black British comedians around today.
World Superstars of Comedy video promoting the 3rd November 2013 show.
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