It may not be the Corn Hall, or even in Diss, but that mix of diffidence and raucousness that makes the club’s audiences so unpredictable and entertaining, was there in abundance on opening night at the Rugby Club in Roydon.
Lloyd Griffith, notionally our compere, clearly likes to confound expectations. Not content with showing off his improbably fine voice he went on to tell an unusually engaged audience interesting things about cathedrals – a niche performance style.
Support came from Lucy Frederick, at her best when chatting distractedly with the audience. An eccentric blend of Jo Brand and Helen Lederer, there were times when this endearingly self-deprecating comic was reminiscent of Frankie Howerd.
Headlining the evening, and storming it, was Patrick Monahan. Although occasionally distracted by material he had prepared, the greater part of his act, and the source of the greatest laughs, was his seemingly inexhaustible ability to draw humour from his audience, and badgers, in a way that was warm, inventive and very funny.