Banana Cabaret

Comedy

Stand-up

The Bedford

Until Sat Sep 27

Banana Cabaret

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  • Name:

    The Bedford

  • Address:

    77
    The Bedford Bedford Hill
    Balham
    London
    SW12 9HD

  • Categories :

    Comedy. Stand-up

Banana Cabaret 2014

  • Date Time Price information
  • Fri Sep 19
    21:00
    £14, £11 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Alistair Barrie, Ben Norris, Carly Smallman and Paul F Taylor.

  • Sat Sep 20
    21:00
    £16, £13 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Alistair Barrie, Ben Norris, Ola and Erich McElroy.

  • Fri Sep 26
    21:00
    £14, £11 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Roger Monkhouse, Carl Donnelly, Lloyd Griffiths and Spencer Brown.

  • Sat Sep 27
    21:00
    £16, £13 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Roger Monkhouse, Angela Barnes and Joe Wells.

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Heath B

I caught the Banana Cabaret comedy gig on Saturday 5/4/14. The female stand-up was solid, but 2 out of 3 of the male comics flew perilously close to pre-1979 comedy attitudes, complete with borderline "cheerful" racism, stereotyping, and pretty crude sexism disguised as mere comedy "exasperation". Baloney. It was pretty obvious that those geezers would have upped the ante if they could've got away with it. The 3rd guy, the headliner, was a decent enough pro but did a stream of knob gags for the most part. That's Ok if you're in the mood, I guess. Tiresome otherwise. 


This was my second visit to the Bedford's comedy venue. The earlier gig, a few of years back, was a MUCH better experience - sharper, more inventive comedy. To be fair, I think this return to, shall we say, "traditional" heartless stand-up has become fairly widespread lately. That ain't such good news.


On the upside, The Bedford is a great venue, with excellent bar service and tasty, if slightly pricey, nosh.