October 27, 2011
Comedy Month clattered to a close on Tuesday night with an hilarious line up of unique and varied comedy acts that showed off the best that London has to offer for comedy at corporate events. In an effort to encourage more comedy entrants to this year's Next Big Thing Competition; we spent October scouring the capital (and outside) for the acts that made us roll around on the floor laughing - consequently we've become intimately familiar with the floors of comedy clubs all over London... and the comedians that performed in them.
The famous George Tavern in Whitechapel provided a cosy, intimate home for the evening to our assortment of sketches, stand-up and musical comedy. Performances included a master class in business management from Jody Kamali, musical one-liners from singer guitarist Jay Foreman, urban-fox/slo-mo fighting sketch comedy from Clever Peter, some gleeful pedantry from Stephen Grant, a song (and dance) about balding from Rusty Seven, Jim Campbell's tale of a vicious rap battle in Essex, musings on how best to control children from Greg burns and finally a side-splitting twist on the female harmony trio from the Segue Sisters. Compere for the evening was the lovely Harriet Kemsley who guided us thorugh the acts on show with plenty of quirky style and wit.
We'll hopefully be seeing a few of these acts in this year's Next Big Thing - run in conjunction with Event Magazine, UBM and ourselves, The Next Big Thing is the Event Industry's premier talent competition which aims to find the best new corporate act in the UK. With the prize of £1,000, a booth at next year's Confex and a year's contract with Sternberg Clarke, it's a great opportunity for acts to get their name out in front of some of the biggest names in Corporate Events. The acts from our comedy month showcase will be going head to head with acts from all genres to show the Corporate Events Industry what they'd do to shock, surprise and amaze at an event.
We'll be sharing a few of our favourite videos from the showcase over the next few days here on the blog, so keep an eye out for upcoming posts about all the acts we featured on Tuesday night. Take a look below for some more pictures from the event.
A big thank you to everyone who came to the event, The George Tavern and the acts themselves - if you were there and you have any favourite moments or performances, let us know in the comment section!