Banana Cabaret

Comedy

Stand-up

The Bedford

Until Sat May 31

Banana Cabaret
 
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  • Name:

    The Bedford

  • Address:

    The Bedford 77 Bedford Hill
    Balham
    SW12 9HD

  • Categories:

    Comedy. Stand-up

Banana Cabaret 2014

  • Date Time Price information
  • Fri Apr 25
    21:00
    £14, £11 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Paul Tonkinson, Gavin Webster, Alan Francis and Imran.

  • Sat Apr 26
    21:00
    £16, £13 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Paul Tonkinson, Gavin Webster, Alan Francis and Imran.

  • Fri May 2
    21:00
    £14, £11 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Tony Law, Mick Ferry, Rudi Lickwood and JoJo Smith.

  • Sat May 3
    21:00
    £16, £13 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Tony Law, Mick Ferry, Rudi Lickwood and Tommy Rowson,

  • Fri May 9
    21:00
    £14, £11 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Andy Askins, Meryl O'Rourke, Addy van der Borgh and Geoff Norcott.

  • Sat May 10
    21:00
    £16, £13 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Andy Askins, Meryl O'Rourke, Addy van der Borgh and Geoff Norcott.

  • Fri May 16
    21:00
    £14, £11 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Roger Monkhouse, Jo Caulfield, Geoff Boyz and Will Franken.

  • Sat May 17
    21:00
    £16, £13 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Roger Monkhouse, Jo Caulfield, Geoff Boyz and Simon Bligh.

  • Sat May 24
    21:00
    £16, £13 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Doc Brown, Ben Norris, Andrew Bird and Paul B Edwardes.

  • Sat May 31
    21:00
    £16, £13 concs

    Tonight's line-up includes Andrew Maxwell, Ian Stone, André Vincent and Luke Benson.

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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.