Cambridge roars with laughter for a very good cause!
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Roaring With Laughter, one of ten Cambridge Roar fundraising events, rolled out the red carpet to hundreds of comedy lovers during a sunny Friday evening last week.
With a BBQ offering burgers and more before the laughs began, the sophisticated, well-dressed, selfie-taking, politically-interested, crowd started to promptly file in by 7pm.
An hour later and the entertainment had begun, with Joel Dommett taking to the marquee stage as host and compere. A rising star on the comedy circuit, his “observations that nobody understands” have everyone chuckling from the off. “This is so wedding-like right now,” he explains, before picking on the front row table straight away. LOL one-liners like “you cannot close venetian blinds angrily!” and the eventual gag that “Sinita is killing children” are genuinely hilarious.
Next up is deadpan comic Seann Walsh, who looks like he’s just got out of bed: hair all messy and sporting a casual hoody. “What’s going on?” he asks, before taking a particular fancy to the plants situated at each side of the stage: “What would the gig be without these plants?!” he enthuses, getting a belly full of laughs in return. Describing himself as a “Justin lee Collins-lookalike”, his humour sees the funny - and very annoying - sides of juicing, kale and why “everyone is cutting down? It’s because they’re boring,” he rages. There’s also a brilliant set-piece focusing on apologetic hipsters in artisan cafés; a real highlight of the night. “You’ve been surprisingly lovely,” he signs off, leaving Shappi Khorsandi to close the evening in poignant, political fashion.
“It’s like we’ve all had a massive family row and now it’s Christmas,” she begins, winning the crowd over straight away. Starting by reading out some tweets from Twitter trolls, Shappi sees the funny side of social media, before telling tales of flirting in the supermarket whilst being a single mother of two. Later, though, she touches on harder subjects like racism, discrimination and the referendum, but still retaining a light punchline for each topic. Shappi’s final words, “You have been the most warm and lovely, slightly bonkers crowd”, couldn’t be more fitting.