They say the Christmas period is a time for giving. Well, one comic visiting Cardiff took that notion very seriously this week.
Mark Olver, who’s a comedian based in Bristol, made Cardiff Glee Club history on Thursday’s ‘Comedy Carousel’ night when he provided each and every audience member – 300 of them – with their very own donut.
He then played a sex-based postcode lottery game with both the audience and the donuts.
The game involved Mark shouting out the name of a postcode and getting people to cheer if they’d had sex in that postcode.
He told Cardiff Comedy Hub that “combining it with the donuts came to [him] earlier in the day”.
— Mark Olver (@markolver) December 30, 2016
Mark said: “The donut thing was just that it was the last Carousel, I love Clint [Edwards] and Robin [Morgan] and the last time I did it I performed holding two flaming candelabras and needed to top that”.
However, Mark didn’t quite plan to buy that many donuts: “I thought there would only be about 50 people in so I thought a big fun stupid gesture would be funny and appropriate. I then found out there were 300 people in but by then I’d already decided and so I bought 300 donuts.”
Mark doesn’t just buy donuts for everyone. He just has a real thing for Cardiff Glee: “It’s a great club, ace staff, great sound and lights – just made for comedy. The gigs I’ve ran have always had an informal air where anything can happen. This was just something silly to do at the Glee because I like it so much there.”
Of course, ’tis the season to stuff one’s face, so the donuts went down a treat. The stunt received a raucous reception. Cardiff Glee’s manager James Allen even said the words: “Won’t ever forget that!”
So there you have it folks, if your New Year’s Resolution is to see more comedy then what bigger incentive do you need?!
Cardiff Glee Club are saying goodbye to their Thursday ‘Comedy Carousel’ night. New plans for the night will be decided on in the new year. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.
Happy New Year Cardiff laughter-lovers!