Comedy night deserved a much bigger audience

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Anyone who didn’t get themselves along to The Granary on Saturday night definitely missed out as the Berwick venue was treated to a cracking night of comedy.

It was a shame that only a handful of locals decided to grace Straw Puppet’s first ever comedy night with their presence, as anyone who was there will vouch that it was an entertaining evening all round.

‘Hebburn’ star Steffen Peddie was the hilarious glue that held proceedings together and although he was billed as the host, truth be told he was the star of the show.

As well as getting to know his small but captive audience on a first name basis, some of which he replaced with nick names such as ‘Jonathan Creek’, Steffen had plenty of his own material to work with.

And showing that he’s a comedian that thrives on a bit of spontaneity he asked audience members to each write a topic down on a bit of paper for him to base a gag on; cue jokes on everything from Facebook to Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Steffen got everyone suitably warmed up for one of comedy’s brightest rising stars, Jonny Pelham, who like his host, wasn’t afraid to poke fun at himself.

Jonny’s set although at times very impressive, was one which I think would have benefitted from a bigger crowd as some of his best jokes needed more of a reaction.

The evening’s headliner, Dana Alexander, didn’t have time to show Berwick all of her laugh mongering skills as she arrived very late to the party, but her presence and her the assured delivery of her gags suggested that the audience would have been more than satisfied to hear her full comedic repertoire.

I really hope this wasn’t a one of a kind event as with a bigger crowd a regular comedy night at the Granary, with acts of the calibre of Saturday night, would be a real coup for Berwick.