A packed Hackney Empire turned out to see some of the original Real McCoy stars alongside newcomers on the circuit such as Kojo and Slim. Kojo, being the youngest of the performers present, has a comedy style thats as real as it gets and equally cracks up both young and old. Slim, whos been mashin up the circuit up n down the country, had us in stitches from start to finish, a favourite amongst many, Slim returns to the Empire in February for his very own show called “Slim in Wonder Land”, check this link for more info.
Hosted by funny men Robbie Gee and Eddie Nester, they instantly picked on a man called Anthony who arrived late sitting in the row second to front, with Robbie waiting for the room to fall silent before kissing his teeth and calling him “an eeeediat”, too funny, they did reward him at the end with some free gifts though…
Saturday night back at the Catford Broadway Theatre for a night of more laughter, hosted by funny man Richard Blackwood, who to some is at the best point of his career, with sharp jokes that simply leave people trying to catch their breath, up to date and supa fresh…Along with Felix Dexter, Kojo, Felicity Ethnic, Slim and Leo Mohammed as Mr Frazer…next show is the Bad boys of comedy, Catford again – 27th June, check it out…
Featuring London’s young and fresh new talent; X7EAVEN ACADEMY’S 2010 annual show DARE 2 DREAM follows the journey of young people who have lost their way and discovering a new path to their bright, innovative future. DARE 2 DREAM will take you on an exciting and fun journey using LIVE MUSIC, SINGING, DANCE and DRAMA to transport you to exotic and striking places you’ve never been before!
Back again at the Hackney Empire with a sell out crowd for a night of comedy was members from the Real McCoy plus some special guests: Felix Dexter, Leo Muhammad, Eddie Nestor, Robbie Gee, Judith Jacob, Dibbi & Special P. Felix wasted no time in picking out members of the front row to joke with, including me! Leo came on stage looking busted as usual and made it worse by inviting out a blind woman who had to kiss those mashup lips! (see pics below) she was looking extremly fine also…Special P opened up with his laid back style of telling things how they are…Robbie & Eddie killed it with the transvestite theme, but aint got nothing on Dibbi when it comes to performing as a crazy woman! The only female comedian on the night was Judith who had some funny stories to tell…Big up Audie and Heartbeat Entertainment for another night of good comedy.
Travelling west to Kensal Rise was a funky night of live music and comedy in a cosy little venue called Paradise. Beat boxer Special K opened up with some funky voice skills just before Doc Brown took the stage, a man who I’d photographed 5 years ago at the Jump Off when he was tearing up emcees on stage. Now coming with a completely different flex, DocBrown incorporates rap and comedy to the extent that it just flows nicely and makes sense and makes you laugh! Big up Doc on this, something I haven’t seen live before, he also came with a great theme of using cards to explain and translate street slang into formal English, one of the funniest parts of his set.
Up next was the revolutionary Aruba Red who uplifted the venue with Soulful Reggae infused music, followed shortly by Maverick Sabre who did pretty much the same, almost like an Irish version of the artist Natty, Maverick has some lovely soothing conscious lyrics sung in a way that just captivates the mind and allows it to relax in tune with the guitar strings and lyrics. If that wasn’t enough, the Empress Floetic Lara then stepped up to feed minds with a deeper level of lyrical talent, opening up her set with “Passionate Poets” (check it out on her myspace page) – the kind of song that you appreciate so much it makes you wish you were the one who wrote it! If your thinking on that level anyway…
A wicked night, nuff respect to Dan Tsu who put it all together and also rocked the stage during the jam session at the end.