No casualties on top night of comedy

Harrogate, UK. 12/04/2012. Standing room only as Sitting Room comedy, yet again, packs out the function room at the St George Hotel, Harrogate.  Featuring M.C. Tom Taylor, Carey Marx, James Redmond (Abs from Casualty) and Rob Rouse, headlining. Picture shows James Redmond. Photo credit: Jane Hobson
Harrogate, UK. 12/04/2012. Standing room only as Sitting Room comedy, yet again, packs out the function room at the St George Hotel, Harrogate. Featuring M.C. Tom Taylor, Carey Marx, James Redmond (Abs from Casualty) and Rob Rouse, headlining. Picture shows James Redmond. Photo credit: Jane Hobson

SITTING Room is rapidly turning into Harrogate’s shiny gem of a comedy club, bringing monthly line-ups from the ripest pickings of the comedy circuit.

And the 220 strong, packed-out crowd at April’s show was not disappointed. All the superb acts provided a devilish dose of drollery, leaving tears in the eyes of every punter.

Kicking off the bill was absurdly funny Carey Marx, who produced a veritable comic feast. Carey’s ingenious stylings went down a storm as he entertained us with tales of hotel misadventures and meeting a baby called Keith. I was laughing so hard, I am ashamed to say some drink came out of my nose. This irreverent jokesmith is definitely one to watch.

Next up was ex-soap star James Redmond, a charming, world-weary jester from the West Country. Regaling tales of dyslexic Bristolians and being groomed by George Michael, James had the audience in stitches. His bizarre experiences as a minor celebrity made for some very entertaining moments.

Finally, cheeky headliner Rob Rouse succeeded in rousing the crowd (sorry!) with his frank and charming comedy. The audience soon found themselves on a surreal tour of Rob’s life, which was as endearing as it was hilarious. The climax, an exposé of his dog Ronnie’s autosexual discoveries, had the crowd in absolute hysterics.

At the helm of this comedy ship was the invariably witty and whimsical MC, Tom Taylor, master of the miniature keyboard, whose penchant for naughty comedy songs was enjoyed by all. The St George Hotel provided a delightful setting for all this laughter.

If you haven’t yet had your socks laughed off in Harrogate town, never fear! Sitting Room returns next week, on Wednesday, May 9, with Steve Gribbin, Junior Simpson and Ellie Taylor.

To be followed by the wonderful Andy Zaltzman on June 13.

The warm atmosphere of the events and the high quality of the acts should not be missed. Sitting Room’s growing popularity is well-deserved indeed.

Jane Hobson