Hot Potato Comedy Club, Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, Raby Road.
THE new season of the popular Hot Potato Comedy Club got off to a flyer in front of a packed audience.
Scottish comic John Scott kicked off the monthly gigs with his inspired routine based around swearing, Scottish people presenting the news and the joys of living in Newcastle with his Geordie wife.
Emerging comic Lee Kyle was next on stage with a set based on different flags from around the world. You really had to be there to appreciate his routine, but his set seemed to go down well with the packed crowd.
Next up was headliner Rob Deering – fresh from an appearance on Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks television show – with his musical set.
Not only is he a top class stand-up but he is also a talented musician and singer and the audience was in raptures for the duration of his 40-minute set.
He touched on a range of topics from tortoises, couples enjoying a drunken night out, giving donations to charity, his love of his guitar and his resemblance to Chief Wiggum from the Simpsons.
To finish, he demonstrated some acoustic raving before stripping off while performing a love song.
The evening was compared by Sunderland comic – and Hot Potato regular – Matt Reed and he got the crowd into a frenzy with a little help of a member of the audience by the name of Ian, who was quickly on the receiving end of Reed’s sharp tongue.
– Richard Mennear
l The Hot Potato comedy club returns to Hartlepool on Saturday, March 26, at 7.30pm. The line-up includes Dave Longley, Chris Stokes and Danny McLoughlin as MC.
Early-bird tickets are available for £5 until a week before the show and after that tickets cost £8 and £7 for concessions.
For more information call the Tourist Information Centre, at Christ Church, in Church Square, on (01429) 890000.