Yesterday, on March the 5th, I went to the first comedy night at the Custard Factory in Digbeth and it was a really unique experience as there were only 100 seats so the crowd was really nice. The night was hosted by Karen Bayley and featured sets from Freddie Farrell, Jon Pearson and of course Joe Lycett.
Freddie Farrell is local to the area and reminded me of some Brummies I know. I really liked his often sarcastic and down-beat tone because it is reminiscent of Jack Dee. His material about his girlfriend and kids received big laughs, his impressions of his children with their Birmingham accents especially. Jon Pearson was next and I also really liked him as he was kind of a hybrid of lots of comedians I’ve seen. He has a skill for building a story and while constantly flitting back to things he mentioned at the very beginning in a similar way to that of Rhod Gilbert (though he didn’t have enough time to build it to Rhod’s intensity).
Then it was finally time for Joe Lycett, one of my favourite comedians ever and just a really nice guy. The set was hilarious and heavily featured the two Mexican students sat in front of me who were adorable. At one point, Joe had climbed over the front row and was sat flirting with Diego and Ivan. Joe showed us some of the material for his new series Junk that is about to be recorded, and I am really excited for. The junk he had was pretty disturbing to be honest- it featured a frog doll with a baby’s head, holding a wasp- incredible. I would have liked his set to be longer as I thoroughly enjoyed what I saw of the set and will definitely be seeing him again soon!
Also, if you live in or around Birmingham, do look into the Comedy Hut in Stourbridge and Digbeth as they show lesser-known acts and could do with support from people like us.