March’s Comedian of the Month is Lou Conran. Often working as an MC, Lou is certainly a pair of safe hands for an audience. She is confident, loud and uncompromising, with an energy about her performance that could most likely revive even the most reserved of audiences.
After witnessing Lou Conran work her magic live at Birmingham Glee Club’s Comedy Playground, it becomes clear that this comic has an extra something to offer to a night of weekend comedy. Conran is able to generate tensions within a room, whilst maintaining a feeling of goodwill amongst her audience. Cleverly bouncing ideas between members of the crowd she decides to ‘attack’, and getting her audience communicating with one another, Conran has absolutely nailed what is meant by the term ‘inclusive entertainment’.
Lou throws her whole self into her comedy; she ensures that her audience is relaxed and this in turn results in uplifted of mood of the crowd. She is able to adopt a patronising tone towards specific members of the audience and get away with it by balancing this with her own self-deprecating attitude.
And not only is she brilliant at nurturing a good atmosphere through her compèring, Conran is also excellent with her imagery. Her latest work-in-progress material regarding things overheard by neighbours through the walls of her flat is sure to be something that develops into a brilliant piece, judging by the laughter the rough run through, with notebook in hand, received.
Lou has also written for Standard Issue, a woman-lead lifestyle online magazine that is sadly to be discontinued this month. It is definitely worth taking a look at her articles if you are unable to get yourself to see her perform live, as her comedic skill shines through as brightly as ever.