Com­edy night be­comes long­est-run­ning in town

Wishaw Press - - THE TICKET - Shirley Bar­tynek

A Hamil­ton pub is cel­e­brat­ing host­ing the town’s long­est-run­ning com­edy night.

Junk­yard Jok­ers has been run­ning for more than 18 months in the town’s Junk­yard bar in Chapel Street and con­tin­ues to host a num­ber of big com­edy names.

Over and above their weekly com­edy nights, com­edy lovers can en­joy a monthly spe­cial with big acts top­ping the bill. The com­edy nights be­gan with the pub pro­pri­etor, Bernard O’neil, want­ing to pro­vide his pa­trons with reg­u­lar live en­ter­tain­ment that in­cluded com­edy.

Larkhall co­me­dian Iain Pol­lock ap­proached event or­gan­iser Pablo Ser­ski, with the idea of tak­ing it on.

Pablo said: “I’d pro­moted com­edy nights be­fore and knew the work in­volved to make them suc­cess­ful and, at the time, I was a lit­tle re­luc­tant to take it on. How­ever, after the ini­tial meet­ing with Bernard, his pas­sion was quite ev­i­dent and we even­tu­ally agreed to set a launch date.

“Over the last 18 months we’ve tried to con­tinue to evolve by tweak­ing small aes­thet­ics – ev­ery­thing from light­ing, pro­vid­ing a pur­pose-built stage and pro­ject­ing the com­edy into the TV screens in the main bar. We’ve also since added a monthly pro­fes­sional night fall­ing on the first Thurs­day of ev­ery month, where we bring a pro­fes­sional act to do a con­densed ver­sion of their own tour show.

“We’ve re­cently had star of Live At The Apollo and Com­edy Cen­tral, Larry Dead, head­lin­ing our reg­u­lar Tues­day night show. Stephen Buchanan head­lined a show ear­lier in the year and sub­se­quently has gone on to win the BBC New Com­edy Award in Au­gust.

“We also have Scot­land’s Young Ma­gi­cian Of The Year, Bran­don Bar­rett, per­form­ing his sold- out Ed­in­burgh Fringe show on Novem­ber 1, as well as other smash­hit Ed­in­burgh Fringe shows Freestyle Com­edy on Oc­to­ber 11 and Scot Roast on De­cem­ber 6.”

Added to this, Junk­yard Jok­ers have their reg­u­lar Tues­day night shows.

On Oc­to­ber 16 mul­ti­ple award­win­ning co­me­dian Mark Nel­son will per­form. And there will be two shows in Novem­ber ded­i­cated solely to the funny women of UK com­edy.

All reg­u­lar Tues­day shows are free en­try with a do­na­tion bucket at the end and all monthly spe­cials are £3 en­try. Pablo added: “We are im­mensely proud to be the long­est-run­ning weekly com­edy night in Hamil­ton and want to thank ev­ery­one for their sup­port.”

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What a laugh Pablo Ser­ski and bar man­ager Ross Mcguire

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