Wookey Hole Theatre, Comedy Cavern Review

Wookey Hole Theatre turned itself into the Comedy Cavern for a fabulous one night only, hosting four stand-up comedians for a sparkling evening of witty entertainment that would even get the witch of Wookey cackling. Normally where you would find dancers, trapeze artists and jugglers, there were clowns of a very different variety. We walked in past the blue policemen (statues only, not real, the crowd were friendly and in need of no supervision) and then via some jolly pirates, plus some buxom lady pirates and if there’s a term for ‘lady pirates’ I don’t know it, who gathered admiring glances from the gents passing by.

There was food served with the show at a very reasonable £5.99 for a hot dog and chips, or pizzas. Fortified by a couple of hot dogs and a pint we took our seats and waited for the fun to begin. Cerys Nelmes was our lively warm-up and compere, a West Country wonder with an accent to match and a force for comedy. She took a friendly poke at anyone within range – you know the rules, don’t sit at the front unless you want to play – and had the audience in stitches in no time.

Next up was Thomas Green who hails from Australia but has relocated to the UK in the South West luckily for us. His tale of taking up supply teaching during the pandemic due to the theatres closing was hilarious as was his take on how to avoid sharks in his native waters. After a well-earned beer break (us not him) Richard James took the stage; he’s from Devon with a winning line in quick wit and a crazy sense of humour.

The headlining act was Angela Barnes, you’ll all know her from the telly (Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo etc.,) and I can whisper it that she’s even funnier, ruder, and more outrageous in real life! She’s got plenty of strong jokes and autobiographical stories and does an entertaining set that grabs the funny bone and gives it a good shake. We can’t remember when we last laughed so much, so heartily and so continuously for a couple of hours and being from Bristol we can say absolutely that going to Wookey was worth the trip!

Jacquie Vowles

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