Review: Comedy on Long at Beerhouse

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Comedy on Long at Beer HouseWhat better way to attack the mid-week slump than with a night of comedy?  A break from the usual routine is all that is needed to re-energise, and making that break a laughter-filled one is never a bad life choice at Comedy on Long at Beer House.

The latest brainchild of local comedian Mum-z sees a changing line-up of up-and-coming comedians each week.  Peter Sserwanga, describing his acute distrust of people who don’t swear and the ignorance of foreign people about black South Africans’ names, set a relaxed tone last Wednesday as if we were all close friends hanging out, having a laugh.

Followed by the boisterous Westley Cockrell, the deadpan Dylan Skews and headlined by the ever-likeable Rob van Vuuren, the evening involved highs – and sometimes lows – of comedic genius.  The small setting of the Mash Tun room behind the main bar provides for an intimate engagement with the relatively small audience.  This has little impact on the audience’s reaction to the acts though, as the quality of jokes either has the audience in genuine stitches or fall unanimously flat as punters divert their awkward reactions with long pulls on their beer.

But as with all good comedy, the stickier moments do little to disturb the sincere enjoyment of the evening.  Some witticisms may be inappropriate, or downright cringemaking, but the comedians never fail to pick up the clumsy pieces and seamlessly move on.  With each comedian taking their own spin on a variety of relevant topics, our audience was left nodding and laughing in recognition and amusement.  Whether the acts are well-known or not, you are sure to leave Beer House with less stress on your shoulders.

Janice Garman

Comedy on Long at Beer House takes place every Wednesday, 7pm for 8.30pm.

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