Red Card Comedy Club, Norwich

JOHN LAWSON Miles Crawford, John Mann, Mark Walker and Mike Gunn.


There's something about a football club that makes it the perfect spot for a comedy venue.

Fans put up with so much in pursuit of their obsession that the ability to laugh at themselves and their team's misfortunes is almost a prerequisite. So laughing at other people is the logical next step and in its short history Norwich City's Red Card Club has built up a large and loyal following.

Appropriately, the comedy served up was very much a game of two halves.

Deservedly heading for an early bath were the feeble comedy magician (and I use both terms advisedly) Miles Crawford and compere John Mann, who was just plain offensive.

But coming off the subs bench to score that late winner was Irish Geordie Londoner Mark Walker, the comedy ball laid into his path by Comedy Store and Jongleurs regular Mike Gunn.

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Walker played a blinder with hugely original material including the plot for Spiderman, the Gay Musical, a drunken garden magpie and the similarity between Big Brother and the Teletubbies.

The self-effacing Gunn was happy to discuss his lack of sexual expertise and excess of body hair – and his Favourite Things song was inspired.

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