Laughterhouse Comedy Club, which has staged many memorable nights over the years at the Slaughter House on Fenwick Street and the Philharmonic Hall, has now taken over the Mathew Street venue once occupied by the legendary Eric’s music club. They’ve refurbished the interior and had a stellar line-up of comedians for their launch night.
Host for the evening was Chris Cairns, a longtime Liverpool favourite. His friendly approach went down well with the audience (as did a stream of Black Friday jokes), though he had to announce that the ‘mystery’ headliner – who just about everyone had twigged was John Bishop – couldn’t make it. He was indisposed, Cairns speculating that a stack of his money had fallen on top of him.
The opening act was veteran Mick Miller, not so much a familiar face as a familiar head (bald like a monk’s on top, but longhaired at the sides and back). His sarcastic one-liners are quite old school in style but very funny, and the audience loved him.
Next up was Jo Caulfield, the only woman and instantly recognizable from her many appearances on BBC panel shows (she’s also Graham Norton’s chief gagwriter). She interacted well with the audience, got some big laughs and had a nice routine on ‘posh Scouse’.
Neil Fitzmaurice is another successful writer, having won awards for his work on That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights, where he also appeared as DJ Ray Von. Many of his gags had a topical and/or local edge and they were ideal for the Laughterhouse audience.
The last act was the most unusual. The Boy With The Tape On His Face was just that, a comedian with black tape covering his mouth. For obvious reasons his act has a lot of mime, though there’s also an accompanying soundtrack and plenty of audience participation (even if in one or two cases this just meant being invited on stage, standing around for a bit then being asked to sit down again). It was bizarre but strangely compelling and generated a lot of laughs.
I’d advise you to steer clear of the pillars when you find yourself a seat, but otherwise Laughterhouse Mathew Street looks like being a great addition to Liverpool’s comedy scene. You can also dine there if you want to make a real night of it, and after each comedy show there’s a disco and live singers.
For more information on Laughterhouse Mathew Street, click HERE.
Laughterhouse Comedy are also presenting a special Christmas show, Laughterhouse Live, at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Sunday 13 December 2015. The show features seven well-known acts, with Ireland’s Tommy Tiernan topping a bill that also includes Canadian comic Katherine Ryan, Paul Sinha, Gary Delaney, Jason Cook and Alun Cochrane. Neil Fitzmaurice hosts. For more information, click HERE.