Laughing in Romford

PUBLISHED: 18:24 30 September 2010 | UPDATED: 10:15 01 October 2010




Laughs and sniggers were to be had at Jokers! comedy night on its latest visit to Romford.

Impressions, jibes, hilarious anecdotes, a helping of pure cheesy jokes and an outstanding beatboxer made up the bill of guests.

Jokers! Comedy Club which has been running for six months welcomes a minimum of ten comics to every comedy night it hosts each month - many from the London circuit.

It’s currently running at Edge Nightclub, in Romford Market Place, where the likes of Michael McIntyre and Sean Lock have performed.

Jokers! latest gig on Thursday September 23, welcomed a mix of returning regular performers as well as newcomers.

Among the performers were two who originally hail from Romford - posh-speaking Jennifer Smith, and Essex boy James Loveridge who got the crowd laughing with his tales of 248 bus chavs, and his “experiences” trying to impress the ladies!

Richard Butler, who recently played the comical character of Nicky in Don’t Stop Believing The Musical as part of Original Talent, was clearly at home on stage telling jokes as much as singing, dancing and acting. His one-liners illustrated with props - though very cheesy - were delivered well and his impromptu quirks about the unexpected collapsing of the mic stand on stage had to be applauded.

Lanky Mark Tigwell seemed the most relaxed on stage, and kept the audience engaged with his highs and woes of being more than 6ft tall while Phil Cotter had them staring and listening in awe at his impressive beatboxing skills - a talent which would easily take him to the final of a show like Britain’s Got Talent!

It was clear a few were new to the comedy scene - checking notes on the back of their hand to remember the next joke or fluffing the odd punchline doesn’t shout comical genius - but they’re braver than me for getting up there so full credit to all!

The next Jokers! night will be at The Masons Arms in St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, on Thursday October 7, and include former Hollyoaks and Casualty star James Redmond.

For more details email Tom at or call on 07500 865925.

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