Funny Business

I used to love going to concerts when I was younger.

Singing along to my favourite songs, whilst my idols were a few feet away……..then the kids started wanting to come!

I remember taking Hubby’s little sister and Abbey to Westlife (don’t judge me), quite a few years back.  They must have been around 9 and 12 years respectively and completely ruined the experience for me……..they didn’t sing or sway along……..they screeched and they screamed the whole way through the concert.

Although we have been to a few concerts since, with the exception of Girls Aloud for Abbey’s 16th birthday, we have gone without children.

These days, however, we much prefer to go and see a comedian in these venues as you don’t get the silly screaming from kids and it is much more relaxing………unless you are sitting in the front row of a Jason Manford gig and he starts picking on the people next to you!

Hubby and I love watching shows such as 8 out of 10 cats and Mock the Week where topical humour is the order of the day.  We saw Dara O’Briain at Bournemouth Pavilion and I am ashamed to say that hubby may have heckled him – he did get his comeuppance though.

Paddy McGuiness is a personable and funny as he is on the TV, although slightly ruder and Milton Jones is hilarious – I cannot wait to see him at Camp Bestival.

I found Jimmy Carr sailed a little too close to the wind with his gags and there were gasps from the audience at one point.  I certainly won’t be seeing him again!

Probably the best show we have seen was Peter Kay’s, Tour that doesn’t tour, Tour.  I tried for months to get tickets to see him and finally after he released more dates I booked tickets to see him at the MEN Arena.  We did wonder if a comedian could pull off a gig in such a large venue but it worked and we laughed from beginning to end.  He really does put on an amazing show!

It is only recently I found out that these comedians test their material out in small venues up and down the country.  I didn’t think any would come close to us and am now kicking myself that Lee Evans was at the Tivoli in Wimborne a couple of weeks ago.  Both Abbey and I are desperate to see him perform live so I am going to treat us to tickets to seem him perform at The O2 in London now that I am confident that a comedian can be just as good in a large venue.

As an O2 customer I get Priority Tickets to gigs and events up to 48 hours before general release too. I just wish I realised I got money off parking when we went to see Disney on Ice!

Have you seen any comedians recently?

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