Comedy on Tap at The Spread Eagle
The Comedy Store has been rotating their way around Fuller’s pubs since the end of July, so it was about time we went to see what all the fuss was about...
Let’s face it, we haven’t had many laughs over the last 18 months, but chuckling is back in a big way as live comedy nights make their way back into venues up and down the country. When The Comedy Store approached Fuller’s, asking to host weekly comedy nights in our pubs – it was a no brainer. This was the moment Comedy on Tap was born.
The Spread Eagle in Croydon played the perfect host to Comedy on Tap. If you wander upstairs, you’ll find a 50-seater comedy and cabaret venue. This hidden gem was transformed in 2013 and has since been Croydon’s go-to for live shows and entertainment, and has been playing host to the Comedy Store throughout the summer into autumn.
The show kicked off with the host, Jimmy McGie, who had the job of warming up the non-conventional Croydon crowd by picking on individuals in the audience. The spectators weren’t afraid to participate and managed to continually steer the conversation onto the topics of what it’s like to live in Croydon, the expense of taxis and the cost of living in London -- turning mundane conversations into laughing matters.
Next on stage was Sarah Keyworth. Originally from Nottingham, Sarah is fast becoming a regular on the London circuit. Her material is a mix of honest anecdotal storytelling about her sexuality and Midlands upbringing, made surreal with the occasional addition of a silly observation. She delivered sharp lines with a cheeky smile and moments of sudden deadpan that left the audience wanting more.
At the halfway interval point, there was enough time to grab another round before the comedy continued. Next up was Kate Cheka - the Comedy Store’s first new signing in three years. Formerly based in Berlin, she was the finalist at the Berlin New Stand-up Awards in 2019 and competed in the BBC Introducing New Comedy Awards the same year. No surprise that she was also a 2021 Funny Women Awards semi-finalist after hearing her outrageous stand-up that covered all the taboos, from racism to sex.
The final performance came from comedian, author and broadcaster, Ian Stone. Ian’s topical performance switched from coronavirus to old-age and was both edgy and provocative. His easy-going manner and self-deprecating style went down well with the crowd, leaving the whole room in fits of laughter.
If you haven’t been to a Comedy on Tap yet, then what are you waiting for? Expect performances from the funniest comedians in the business, all guaranteed to raise your spirits and leave your ribs tickled. Find your nearest Comedy on Tap.