We opened the hall up just before 7 and there were already people queuing, great! The parish hall gradually filled up until there was not any spare seats together. With no bar, people were invited to 'bring their own booze' and it wasn't long before the fridge was bursting even more than the hall. It was all set up for a great night.
Tony was up first and he welcomed everyone to the night, most people had been to a comedy night before, a few had not - and I suspect they wish they hadn't said so! The first roars of laughter came as he innocently assumed Mam and Les were husband and wife (out by 30+ years - Les you owe me for this, Mam I am only joking!). It was a hot night with shorts the order of the day and it didn't take long before he picked up on the fans scattered around and also the amount of food on the go - a warning to be careful as these guys pick up on everything!
He introduced Andrew Ryan for his first half act - we had seen Andrew many times before, but this time he was a bit more risque. Nevertheless the crowd roared and laughed. He even managed to embarrass Vicki into getting on stage and giving her a kiss, surely she will never wash again now! He told us of how he is often confused with Ardal O'Hanlon and then proceeded to perfect the likeness down to a tee. More laughter ensued and it was back over to Tony to complete the first half.
The blind card winner was announced (Janet, who else, and all spent before Chris gets home!), and then we had a couple of speeches. Mark was first up, he summarised all of the work we had done in the year and some of the challenges we faced, it was an emotional speech delivered well, even if it was longer than Pat Monahan's act! I was next up and I couldn't resist rhyming it all (again). It was short and sweet but was finished off with a toast from everyone in the hall to Granda. Next up was the raffle, we had 17 prizes this time, and they were scattered around the hall (although a number of them went to Mark Morton's table). Big winners were Mark & Jackie with the half price meal for 4 at The Falcon, Hilton, Ian from Ingleby who was at his first comedy night won a meal for two at the Beckfields, Ingleby, and Mark from Northumbrian Water went home with a gallon of beer for the Beckfields. Thanks to everyone who played, and thanks to everybody who contributed. A special thanks also for Jackie's sweet trees, always a great prize, particularly when paraded around like the World Cup by Pat Monahan.
Tony was back again to announce the headliner of the show, Pat Monahan, and headline he did! As he walked to the front the Bollywood music started playing and it wasn't long before he had Muddy up showing him the moves, before he retired and was replaced by Paul (who momentarily forgot his own name), and it all ended, eventually, with a Dirty Dancing style move. Pat is like the King Midas of comedy - everything he says turns to laughter, and tonight was no different. He was previewing his Edinburgh show 'Cake Charmer', and although he did talk about cakes and cookery (Ethel's palette knife became legendary), it was interspersed with happy birthdays for Vicki & Heather, plenty of hugs and strangely enough, a rendition of Gangnam Style.
As always, Pat went on longer than he should have, brilliant! It was one of the latest nights in the parish hall history but it also had a hell of a lot of laughter.
As this was a bonus night and we sold tickets a lot cheaper than we could have, we were still able to clock in nearly £400 for the charity. The total raised so far for the Brain Research Trust is £7,271.11.
Thanks to everyone for supporting the night, and thanks to Tony, Andrew and Pat for performing, and Neil from Hilarity Bites for setting it up.