Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Bank Holiday Humour at the Borough

Comedian Alex BoardmanNext month's Bank Holiday needs to be written into your diary if you're up for a good laugh, as Sunday 30th August sees the return of the monthly comedy night at The Borough on Lancaster's Dalton Square.

The Borough Comedy Night has seen performances from top rated comics to packed houses over the last few months and with the next show landing on the Bank Holiday, offering performances from Alex Boardman, Steve Harris and Chris Roche, laughter lovers are being advised to get their tickets as soon as possible. The Borough are also offering a 25% discount for those buying in advance.

Comics who've previously performed at the Borough have included a co-founder of Viz comic, a star from Johnny Vegas' cult hit Ideal as well as acts from as far away as Chester, Newcastle and Belfast! Future line ups include faces that will be familiar from hit TV shows such as Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

The line up in August includes Alex Boardman, a comic who needs to wash his mouth out, and epitomises the laddish, male perspective on the world. After cutting his teeth on the Manchester comedy circuit, he now appears across the country. 

Alex exploded onto the National Comedy circuit in late 1997 following his qualification into the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award Final at the Edinburgh Festival earlier that year. That competition was broadcast on Channel 5 in the winter of 1997.

As a writer, he's gagged up loads of primetime TV programmes including A Question of Sport. The place Alex is most comfortable however is on stage, and his quick thinking improvisation style, has led to compering residences throughout the country, and seen him perform to audiences ranging from National University tours on the 'Comedy Network' to an audience of two thousand at Glastonbury. 

Described as "Able to control a crowd with his eye shut" by City Life magazine, Alex is part of the newer breed of comedian who defies simple categorisation by his ability to allow each performance to get swept along with the moment, and it is this ability that has allowed him to support act for such names as Jenny Eclair, Craig Charles and The Fast Show's Simon Day. 

steve-harris.jpgSteve Harris’ comedic ability comes from his flexibility and warm nature. Whether he’s dealing with hecklers or his mum has found out where he’s playing there’s always a level of warmth in his attack even if it is pre-emptive.

Whatever age or walk of life you’re from Steve has something for you, guaranteed to have you breathless with laughter, a master of the obvious and a Ninja of the not so obvious, you’ll be hit so hard by a punch line you won’t know where it’s come from. His most obvious asset is his ability to get any audience on his side, a well-crafted act and a will and confidence to survive outside of it, is what sets Steve aside from many of his piers. With most comedians you might get laughs -- with Steve you get a guarantee.

Steve first leapt on stage back in August 1998 and within three months had won himself the coveted North-West comedian of the year award after just five gigs. A finalist of the BBC new comedy awards and Channel 4’s So you think you’re funny in the same year. Steve went on to headline all of the top comedy clubs in the UK including venues as far flung as Hong Kong and Australia.

With his ever-expanding reputation the demand for Steve has come from all different types of media outlets including Radio and Television. With support slots with the likes of Johnny Vegas, Peter Kay and Lee Evans, Steve comes highly recommended from the heavy weights of comedy themselves. Currently just off his recently successful “Hit the North” tour Steve has leapt back onto the comedy circuit with gusto. See him now before he gets too big.

• Should you wish to make a night of it you can combine the comedy with a pre-show meal at the Michelin commended restaurant with a free bottle of wine for every two meals although food must be ordered before 7.00pm and advance booking on 01524 64170 is prudent. All the best chefs will tell you that the key to a great dish is the finest ingredients and with that in mind who exactly makes up the comedy?

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