Cardiff Glee’s ‘The Gathering’: Review

Cardiff’s Glee Club wants to make Sunday funny.

It’s a relatively difficult task to pull people in from the comfort of their homes for half a pint and a giggle before the long week ahead, but one thing’s for sure, this show definitely beats the Sunday blues.

The Gathering’s regular host is Mark Olver, a Bristol-based stand-up already infamous at the Glee for the tricks he pulls with baked goods. Unfortunately in this show he had to quickly rush off to do a charity gig and we were left compere-less. However, the small introduction we got from Olver was enough to leave you wanting more. He immediately put the audience at ease, warming the room with onomatopoeic words and harmless banter with Sports students.

The energy did drop as Olver left – awkward transitions from act-to-act, a lot of fumbling with technical equipment, not-to-mention dwelling far too long on a feuding couple sat in the second row meant Lloyd Langford and Sarah Breese’s stuff didn’t fully hit.

Rescuing the night came far too easily for headliner Scott Gibson. Coming to the end of touring his hit Edinburgh ‘Best Newcomer’ show ‘Life After Death’, he was in a class of his own as he transfixed the audience with the inspiring tale of how a brain aneurysm got him into comedy. His mixture of hilarious hospital anecdotes and ‘carpe diem’ message was a perfect fit for a Sunday-night pick-me-up.

The calibre of acts to come is similarly impressive. Suzi Ruffle, Jenny Collier and Sara Pascoe to name but a few of the witty names on future bills. At £5 for a concession and £8 for a full price ticket, this show is a steal.

Glee’s ‘The Gathering’ is everything that’s great about comedy: cheap tickets, haphazard awkwardness and must-see headliners.

Let’s face it you’ve probably watched enough Netflix, it’s time to take bae to the Bay.

 

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A Christmas message from Santa’s standby Sarah Breese

Sarah Breese bloody loves Christmas. She also bloody loves Cardiff comedy. As well as regularly co-hosting at Comedy Carousel at Cardiff’s Glee Club, she runs Odd Night Out which produces and promotes nights across South Wales. Sarah also recently performed stand-up for Made in Cardiff TV for Comedy Sheep and joked about how archeologists from the future would see her “as an 11-year-old boy from Primark”. It’s very funny.

As the above suggests, she is a very jolly lady. Therefore it seemed only right to grant her a festive message on Cardiff Comedy Hub this festive season:

“I bloody LOVE Christmas!

It’s not necessarily the presents. Because if you’re a comedian, surviving December is usually reward enough. But it’s been a hell of a year.

We’ve all seen gigs go well, gigs go badly. Unplayable rooms. Badly timed buffets. The dreaded raffle. Jokes going wrong, and brilliant comics turning it around. Jokes going right, and brilliant comics ignored anyway.

Car shares. Controversies. Cancellations. Competitions (because apparently we weren’t shitting it enough before gigs already). Solo shows with local acts smashing it on a whole new level, and familiar faces getting some (much deserved) national recognition.

Promoters running gigs for no money, no thanks, and sometimes, no audiences, but putting in the hours anyway because they’re legends.

And those lovely stupid bastards who come out in all weathers just to watch us tell jokes, whether we’ve finished writing them or not.

So, thanks, 2016. Cardiff comedy, you did great.

The rest of the world, on the other hand…

Merry Christmas you comedy fucks. xx”

If regular TV just isn’t doing it for you this festive season, you can catch up on Comedy Sheep’s stand-up here. It features Sarah as well as a handful of other brilliant Cardiff comics.

Merry Christmas to all you laughter-loving Cardiffians from Cardiff Comedy Hub! Have an alcohol-induced day of joy!