Miranda, she of the posh voice and softly self deprecating humour, champion of the single woman and all round (not that I’m suggesting she’s round in any way) good egg was rumoured to be appearing at the Christ Church Comedians and Carols night in Woking. When a friend told me the rumour I was on the internet, booking tickets quicker than you can say ‘Such Fun’.
We arrived nice and early and found that unfortunately they weren’t opening the doors until exactly dead on 7.30pm. We stood in the queue, freezing our socks off and exchanging pleasantries and little jokes with everyone in the queue. By this time I had been informed that Miranda was definitely not coming and we weren’t sure what might lay in wait for us in that nice warm church.
Eventually the doors opened and the crowd surged forwards. The Christ Church team were in full force with their matching sweatshirts, shepherding the crowd and generally welcoming everyone and herding them in the right direction. We rushed to the front to get some good seats and then headed back to the temporary bar to get some glasses of red wine. The vicar, Peter Harwood, had recommended the red wine in particular and of course a vicar should know his red wine as he probably drinks quite a lot in his job.
At 8pm, after the Vicar had officially welcomed us all, Paul Kerensa, Comedian and one of the writers of Miranda and Not Going Out bounced onto the stage and began his warm up routine. He was gently funny and my worries at having invited Colin’s daughter Jasmine and her fiancé Nick along began to disappear. He introduced the first act, Andy Kind a comedian hailing from Manchester.
According to Andy’s website he is described by the Scotsman as being ‘terrific’ and his style like ‘ the joyful rant of a post 30 chaos vacuum’ I think that’s a bit harsh he was very good. He certainly had us in stitches. He’s a good observational comic and we found ourselves chuckling along to his anecdotes and had some really big belly laughs especially when one joke in particular hit home.
We sang a Carol, I can’t remember which one and then the next comedian, Howard Read was on. Howard had a very unusual style. He first of all entertained us with a lullaby to make sure your child won’t ever get out of bed once you’ve put them there and wouldn’t dare move once in the bed for fear of the beasts and ghouls that Howard was lovingly describing. It was naughtily funny. The rest of his act consisted of a ‘double act’ with a cartoon character called Little Howard who appeared on the screen behind him.
Interval time and a dash for the ladies loo, I got there first and was mightily pleased with myself when I saw the queue on the way out. I was then able to relax with another lovely glass of the Vicars wine and a chat with the people around us. Everyone seemed to be having a jolly old time and were commenting on what a good evening it was turning out to be.
Paul Kerensa was up first after the break and he was now wearing a silly Xmas outfit complete with Xmas jumper and reindeer antlers. For some reason his jokes got even better and he was really funny. He then got us singing his amusing version of the Fairytale of New York which he had adapted to be relevant to Woking. I couldn’t help noticing that everyone sang this with Gusto, a little more gusto than the last Carol but by then we had all had a couple of glasses of wine.
Singing always makes you feel good and after the rendition of Fairytale of New York the whole audience seemed to have been catapulted into higher spirits or could it have been the Holy Spirit? The Headline act of the evening was Milton Jones. Nick, the aforementioned fiancé was beside himself, he’d not really wanted to come along not that he would have said anything to me he’s too well brought up, but now he was going to see his favourite comedian. Of course this called for a status update on Nick’s face book page. An outpouring of jealousy ensued on the 20 something face book network. I was feeling quietly smug that I’d brought them to such a COOL night out.
Anyway, back to Milton he jumped onto the stage all springy legs, loud shirted and Squiffy haired. Milton Jones is the King of the one liners and some of them are so clever the audience have to think about them for a while but Milton is quite practised and he just stands there until you get the joke. It was a great set and very clever. He was so good I forgot all about Miranda, speaking of whom… she did actually do a 5 minute very funny pre- recorded slot all about Genesis, not the group – Adam and Eve and that pesky snake.
The Evening was finished off with a rousing rendition of Hark the Herald Angels, sung with a great deal of enthusiasm. Funny how a great night of comedy can release the inhibitions and get even the tone deaf and terribly shy to brush off their tonsils and let rip with their vocal chords.
We left the church having had a fantastic evening. We were all smiles and happiness afterwards and it was so nice to go to such a good evening locally. It may even have done the job of enticing us back for a bit of proper Carol singing later in the season.
Thanks to Paul Kerensa ( I did buy your book afterwards ) and to Christ Church Woking for organising such a splendid evening this is definitely going to get the Lightening standard rating – Excellent