BeeBee's 365 Challenge

for the little things that make me happy

Day 254: Fully Functional

on September 11, 2012
Jim Jefferies and some daft over-excitable bat

Jim Jefferies and some daft over-excitable bat

Last night The Husband and I went out on a night time for the first time in three years.

We love our comedy. Many moons ago I used to gig on the comedy club circuit in Bristol. I wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t exactly sparkling either… Chronic stage fright lead to heavy drinking & some other bits and bobs I’m not proud of.

Anyway, I’m still a comedy groupie. I love it. All styles, especially some of the more am in his target audience a busy working mother of two with a @Pinterest addiction and a hefty Twitter habit.

So before hitting the headliner, I hit on the supporting act James John Whitehead. I’ll hold my hands up and say I’d never heard of him so didn’t know what to expect. The 405 strong crowd at York’s Opera House were a mix of cold and still in the bar. At times he looked like he was trying to swim uptide.

Eventually, the Nova Scotia native won over the largely beer-sozzled audience. (It’s possible that could have just been the students that surrounded me). And for the life of me can I work out why you would sit in the front row of a comedy gig for your first date. Prime tucker for any comic to leap upon.

@jjwhitesnake (his @twitter handle) made a real impression on The Husband and myself so we left with a CD and DVD of his material to peruse at a later date.

So back to Jim. The Aussie comic was targeted by a loud-mouthed heckler. Who after pretty much a full set yelling at the performer just got pulled down and levelled in what was easily 15-20 put down. So amazingly quick witted, at times I think he amused himself (and possibly shocked himself a fair bit too at some of the leaps he made).

An interesting history I find it tricky to believe that we are the same age. With a degree in Musical Theatre and a previous career as a carer his act appears to ride all over this but at closer inspection also gives rise to the fact he has a lot of empathy. An enquiring mind who sets out to shock intentionally. Not to be cruel but to emphasis a point. What begins as a a possibly tasteless gag about dead babies turns into a clever diatribe about atheism and questioning just what is written in the bible.

I can’t wait to see him again. And if you’re easily offended… Don’t go!

Today’s Activities: Laughing to the point of tears at the gig I’ve talked about above.

BeeBee x

The warm up act Jason John Whitehead

The warm up act Jason John Whitehead


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