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Comedy at the Woodside Aberdour 12/12/21 - One4Review

Comedy at the Woodside Aberdour 12/12/21

| On 13, Dec 2021



So what does one do on a dreich December Sunday evening in Aberdour? The solution was on hand with a new venture staged at the revamped Woodside with the staging of their first comedy night and to hopefully ensure a good turnout, they offered a first class line up of top Scottish comedians to set the ball rolling.

Run using the usual comedy club format, our host for the night was Rick Molland, widely regarded as being one of Scotland’s top comperes. This Edinburgh based Englishman was straight into his role using his mastery of the art of crowd work, cajoling virtually the whole audience, mining information that his fertile comedy brain turned into side splitting banter. He had everybody laughing and warmed up the chuckle muscles for the rest of the proceedings. Molland trod the fine line of mickey taking without being offensive like the pro he is.

The warm up complete, Molland introduced Jay Lafferty to continue his good work. Ms Lafferty is also one to the country’s top comperes and her crowd work built on the foundations already laid. She also had, as always, a whole fund of her own hilarious stories, the laughs flowing thick and fast on wide ranging subjects as motherhood, house moving, wild swimming and of course lockdowns together with so much more. Jay, often seen on TV and appears on radio too, was as always on top form and even with slightly over running her time the set to me flew by all too fast.

A brief break to recharge glasses and the action recommenced. Rick back with the banter for a few minutes, prior to act two, Gareth Waugh, took to the stage to continue the top class entertainment. Like those before Gareth is a highly experienced comic who is always very well worth seeing. He was straight into his stride, picking up on some previously garnered audience answers, prior to delivering a gag filled laugh out loud set talking about ‘lockdown’ jobs, pet social media, giving blood and moving into his own flat and fear of ghosts. A well written and rounded set.

One further interval before headliner Jojo Sutherland grabbed the gig by the scruff of its neck and delivered a no holds barred hilarious finale. Jojo is a ‘Grande Dame’ of the Scottish comedy scene and has been entertaining audiences for years. She was straight into it, her performance a rip-roaring laugh fest, talking about lock-down, her family, her new single status,drinking and ‘mums taxi service’ together with a story or two of experiences while touring. She is slick and fast paced, a relaxed, confident woman at the top of her game and certainly delivered in spades. A fine end to an excellent night of entertainment.

This was the first gig at the Woodside, it had a top class line up and a healthy number of spectators. It is hoped that there will be further gigs in 2022 and if the standard of entertainment is similar, then I would expect word of mouth will ensure that it is a busier room next time. Watch their website for details.

Reviewed by Geoff

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