Our Liverpool Laughs series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the Liverpool Comedy Festival. Henry Churney tells us about hisshowCUE Comedy, which he will be performing at Espresso Plus, Rose Lane & Murphy’s Town Hall Tavern, Wavertree.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Giving new and established comics new places to shine (try new material) and at same time help the charities I support
Is this your first visit to the Liverpool Comedy Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?
This is my first venture as a gig owner and a comic and all I have heard from friends/comics is that being part of the LCF gives a great buzz all around the Liverpool area for comedy. It will also showcase some great comedians on my bill, and hopefully me as MC at the gigs!
How has the show developed on the way to the Liverpool Comedy Festival?
My Espresso Plus (rose lane) gig is a year old during the LCF and because of its success I am opening the newest gig while the LCF is on (30th @ Murphy’s) CUE comedy is growing around south Liverpool and I want to sustain this in the future.
How have you been preparing for the Liverpool Comedy Festival?
Myself I am going to the Edinburgh Fringe festival to do some gigs and gain more experience which I hope I can bring back home.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
A funny MC (Me – hopefully) some new acts just starting out just wanting to be heard. Espresso Plus has a great audience who appreciate how hard stand up is. I have also got some established acts doing their bits to a new crowd (Murphy’s) to expand the comedy to new areas in Liverpool
Who in the comedy world influences you the most?
Billy Connolly/ Dave Allen/ also some of the old American comedians who influenced me at an early age.
What was your worst on stage experience?
Travelling two hours to a gig where the audience was two!!! One was the compares wife (who did not like comedy) and her friend and having to do my act in front of seven other comedians sitting right in front of me. Also a 250 noisy crowd at a charity gig where the acoustics was so poor only the front six/seven rows could hear and everyone else was talking and getting drunk.
Oh I did once get heckled by a man who was not even in the room!!! He was not even in the building. He lived behind this pub and could hear my act.
What is your favourite cracker joke?
What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Claustrophobia
Dates and times: Espresso Plus 20th Sept 8pm. Murphy’s 30th Sept 7.30 pm
Ticket prices: £3 pre booked. £5 on door
Venue: Espresso Plus. Rose Lane Liverpool 18. Murphy’s Town Hall Tavern. High St. L.pool 15
Box Office Details: call into venue