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Comedian Michael McIntyre
The not intimidating Michael McIntyre

Bottle Rocket Reviewed

By Matt Keighley, Guest Contributor
Every two weeks the Firebug on Millstone Lane plays host to the Bottle Rocket Comedy Club. Set up in April 2005, the club regularly showcases top comedic talent such as Mitch Benn, Alan Carr and Sarah Kendall.

On 29 April I went to the Bottle Rocket Comedy Club to see whether the assorted comedians could brighten up my Sunday evening with a bit of laughter.

"If one of the performers didn't quite tickle your funny bone, you were sure to discover the next would have you in stitches."
Matt Keighley

The evening started with compere John Robins attempting to wake the full house from their end-of-the-weekend malaise.

With endless enthusiasm and a bouncing energetic stage presence he soon warmed up a somewhat quiet crowd.

His endless questioning produced some truly funny moments in the course of the night, and he even left the stage to inquire from outside the ladies toilets if a missing audience member was nearly finished, so that we could start the second part of the show.

Carl Donnelly: "the maturity of a 14-year-old"

First up was Carl Donnelly, a man with the maturity of a 14-year-old boy and an amusing, if occasionally uncomfortable, style.

He has a look (large curly hair and glasses) that seems to suit his rather silly approach, and a conversational style that engaged the audience well.

While he enjoyed testing the audience to see what he could get away with in terms of good taste, he was at his best when letting his childish side take control.

He covered everything from pick-and-mix sweets to drunken conversations to get a laugh. Definitely one to watch.

Matt Hollins: "the aspirations of a former biscuit packer"

Comedian Matt Hollins
Not quite Liam Gallagher...

After Carl, came Leicester man Matt Hollins.

His dry, self-deprecating sense of humour occasionally failed to break the audience out of their Sunday evening coma, but he shone in parts - particularly when dealing with his aspirations as a former biscuit packer in relation to the achievements of Liam Gallagher of Oasis fame.  

Michael McIntyre: "eccentric and somewhat effeminate"

The final act of the night, Michael McIntyre was an eccentric and somewhat effeminately-spoken performer.

He admitted that the few times he had attempted to be intimidating, he merely came off as ridiculous, and that carries over into his act.

When he gets into full flow there is just something to his rants that at the very least will bring a smile to your face, if not a roaring laugh and embarrassing snort.

Bottle Rocket reviewed...

Comedian Mitch Benn
Coming soon: Mitch Benn

Comedy nights can often be a somewhat hit and miss affair if you go to anywhere other than a big venue such as Jongleurs. So it was with great pleasure that I discovered what a quality night the Bottle Rocket Comedy Club provides.

The Firebug is a fantastic venue, and the full house meant there was a great atmosphere.

The variety of styles on display meant that if one of the performers didn't quite tickle your funny bone, you were sure to discover the next would have you in stitches.

Catch the next night at the Firebug on 13 May when the hilarious Mitch Benn will be bringing his musical wit to the stage.

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