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Hattie Hayridge aka Holly from Red Dwarf headlines a night of hilarity at Bromley Comedy Club
The Australian accent is my favourite when it comes to comedy – there’s just something unbeatably hilarious about insults from down under.
Summer Heights High never fails to make me cry with laughter and my best friend and I cannot have a phone conversation without quoting Kath and Kim in our expert impressions.
So I was absolutely thrilled when a glamorous, leopard-print clad yummy mummy with an Aussie twang to die for kicked off the night of hilarity at Bromley Comedy Club on Saturday.
The self-proclaimed “cougar” Pam Ford was compering during what was my first visit to the intimate, candlelit venue and I couldn’t have wished for anyone funnier or more energetic.
After telling us how she browses her son’s Facebook friends list for new boyfriends, the 6ft milf went on to insist female paedophiles don’t exist, and all in the most endearing manner.
Girl power was the theme of the evening – save one outnumbered Irishman - with the packed out club presenting a stellar line up of comics, each of the three women more hysterical than the last.
Michael Legge ran onstage screaming like a nutter and instantly had the audience pumped up and joining in.
What ensued was perhaps the bravest improvised mick-taking of front row patrons I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing.
Legge skilfully picked on a roofer named Paul (who bore the brunt of the ridicule) and “posh” gay couple Steve and James in a battle of the classes which had everyone in stitches.
Comedienne Andi Osho was up next to entertain us with tales of porn stars and bouncers at the gym.
Thanks to a massive roar of laughter, her sexy demonstration of how the working girls provocatively drink water whilst working out – which involves them chucking it all over their breasts – became her new favourite gag.
Headliner Hattie Hayridge, aka Holly the computer from cult series Red Dwarf, had a tough set of acts to follow.
But the deceptively shy blonde had nothing to worry about.
I had no idea what to expect from Hayridge so her pant-wettingly funny stories came as a wonderful surprise.
I don’t know if it had anything to do with the three bottles of wine my companion and I had sunk, but the pictures this imaginative lady painted left me totally breathless.
One particular story about a tragic haircut which led to her buying a motorbike just so she had a legitimate excuse to wear a helmet was almost too much for me to handle.
Sitting at the back, we avoided being slated by the acts but I couldn’t escape the critical glances of audience members who actually turned around to glare at the girl who was laughing too loudly.
Hayridge’s timing and delivery were perfect with every joke and, despite appearing quite meek, she owns the stage completely.
I can honestly say Saturday was the funniest night out I’ve had in a very long time – a genuine laugh (or cackle) a minute.
For upcoming events at Bromley Comedy Club, based downstairs at The Churchill Theatre, visit www.bromleycomedy.com