A PAIR of jokers are planning to bring the laughter back to Ilkeston with a new regular alternative comedy night.
Inspired by shows they have seen in Edinburgh, Chris Mold, 27, and John Flint, 63, plan to bring a bit of the Festival’s spirit of intimate comedy gigs to Ilkeston when their first event kicks off at the Needlemakers Arms next Friday.
The pair, who have been performing for about five years, hope to make the event weekly, but are starting out with monthly shows, featuring a mix of professional, amateur, local and national comedians.
There has not been a regular comedy night in Ilkeston for more than 15 years, when it was at the Co-op.
Chris, a teacher in Ibstock, Leicestershire, said that an alternative comedy night could be just what is needed in Ilkeston.
“There are people outside of Ilkeston who think of it as a bit backwards,” he said. “But people have a great sense of humour and there’s a lot of intelligent people here.
“The night might be something different and I think it’s got a very good chance of taking off.”
He said that the intimate 70-capacity former skittles alley at the back of the Nottingham Road pub is a more attractive venue for comedians than some of the bigger places in Nottingham and Derby.
Chris explained that the Needlemakers has agreed to stage the events for free so the comedians will take home whatever cash they make from ticket sales.
“I really like the idea of us being independent and small, like The Stand in Edinburgh, where I saw big names who could easily sell out 1,000-seater venues playing to about 100 people,” he said.
Landlady of the Needlemakers Arms, Amanda Hill, said: “I am really excited about it. There’s been nothing like it since the Co-op days.
“And because it’s quite an intimate room the comedians can get a lot of feedback from the audience. I think if enough people turn out it’s going to be a big hit.”
The event is on Friday October 28. Call the pub on 07853 273174 for more details.