The comedic side of burlesque is always a lot of fun to explore and I wasn’t at all surprised to see The Big Spender Boys winning the award for Best Comedic Act at the showcase on Saturday 24th November. For those of you unfamiliar with the fantastic boy-lesque act I have trawled the internet to gather together some examples of their unique brand of entertainment for your viewing pleasure!
Brilliant aren’t they?! For more details of their upcoming performances like their facebook page now.
The Axis Theatre in Ballymun is a really lovely venue. Warm, inviting and comfortable you couldn’t ask for a nicer spot to debut as a comedian, assuming you aren’t phased by a big crowd that is! The 4 newbies who took part in Dean Scurry’s workshops and shared what they had learned with the Ballymun crowd were certainly braver than most. Facing a large home crowd who seemed to know them well, each of the four lads (Paddy Mooney, James Dunne, Denis Delaney and Simon Daly) took to the stay confidently and consistently got the audience laughing throughout the show.
Dean Scurry was the master of ceremonies for the evening and he certainly got the crowd pumped and ready to laugh. Clownish and over the top, Dean arrived on stage ‘Gagnam Style’ and from that manic beginning his energy never once faltered. His sense of humour was light-hearted and cheeky and the room erupted with laughter every time he shared another of his hilarious stories. Dean showed an immense enthusiasm for the new acts he was showcasing and it was easy to see how much respect they afforded him.
The night was not without its flaws and some of the workshop graduates have a long way to go before they could call themselves ‘comedians’ in the best sense of the word. However their material was well thought out and I have to give them props for having the courage to stand before a packed auditorium and try to make them laugh. I would have liked to have seen less reliance on obvious ‘body issue’ jokes and more respect for their allocated stage time will be necessary if they want to be remotely successful on the comedy circuit in future. But 2 of the 4 lads showed a confidence and control beyond their limited experience and I was particularly impressed with Simon Daly’s creative set, it’s not often a letter to Mammy gets as many laughs as his example did!