Review of Bearcat Comedy Club

The Bearcat Comedy Club has been running for more than 25 years and can be found at the Turk’s Head in St Margarets / Twickenham.   The list of acts they’ve hosted is like reading a who’s who of British comedy – from Bill Bailey and Lee Evans to Jo Brand and Steve Coogan.  Very impressive.

So let’s cut to the chase. We laughed and laughed and laughed.  And then we laughed some more.  A top night out.

And now rewind to the start…

We arrived at the Turk’s Head around 7:30pm to check the lay of the land and grab a drink and a bite before the show.  There was already a really fun buzz in the pub that was perfectly complemented by a few cheeky starters and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

The doors opened at 8pm so exactly on time we dutifully walked to the entrance (wine glasses in hand) to find a queue of maybe 50 people, merrily chatting away and sharing stories of their last visit.  Clearly this place is popular.   The line moved at a reasonable place and once we’d made it through we grabbed a couple of seats near the front.

To be honest, we were a bit nervous being so close but the place was basically full and we had little choice.

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There were beer breaks between most of the acts, and while the air conditioning was perhaps a little over zealous, it was great not to be melting in the basement of a pub where the smell of stale beer was only overpowered by the aroma from the punters.

This was a very different comedy club to any I’d been to before.  This was a middle-age, middle-class, suburban comedy club.  People gently taking their seats, passing drinks along, and politely heckling – I almost expected people to put their hands up to ask permission.   There was a time I would have been horrified by this, but it turns out it’s perfect.

Now that’s not to say that the acts were telling jokes about chickens crossing the road.  They were as colourful as any I’ve heard, covering all the favourite topics from Brexit to sex.  Every comedian had the place rolling.

Ben Norris cracked us up with his jokes about being a daddy, Mike Gunn’s dry humour about wedding dresses flowed into a full discussion in the gents’ toilets during the beer break about whose wife had spent the most, we enjoyed Cassie Layton’s short set about life in LA and Tom Lucy astounded us with his confidence and comedy at only 19 years old.  Tom definitely has a big future.

davroThe highlight of the evening was the grand master of comedy, Bobby Davro.  He was hysterical with a routine combining music, impressions and very bawdy jokes.  The pace was extraordinary and I’ll never forget his stage intro to the Proclaimers’ classic… or his genius Sinatra number.  Absolutely Brilliant.  I’m still laughing thinking about it.

As we walked through the leafy streets of St Margarets on the way back to the car we chuckled to ourselves reminiscing about all the acts.  We really had a great time at the Bearcat Comedy Club.