Thank God for the fools in the front row
9:38am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Latest News
WHY do people sit in the front row at comedy gigs? Is it some masochistic desire to be publically humiliated? Or simply the belief that the hardest laughs are to be had at your own expense?
Whatever the reason, I’m grateful to ‘surf dude’ John and ‘dad of two excruciatingly embarrassed teenage sons’ Andrew for bearing the brunt of Stade’s relentless banter – and giving me one of the funniest nights I’ve had in months.
Stade’s straight-talking Canadian drawl takes some adjusting to, but the subject matter was surely familiar to most of his Swindon audience.
The so-called rock-and-roll comedian is open about his addictive nature, admitting to flirtations with drugs and alcohol in the past. These days, however, the dad of two – married for 18 years – has but one dependency... on Groupon. Anyone who has ever been bombarded with ‘hot deals’ from the online retailer will understand how this least likely of equestrian types ended up with a course of riding lessons, and how the even-less-likely gardener has come to be cultivating an indoor pineapple tree in his bedroom.
And talking of bedrooms, Stade was at his eye-watering best when bemusedly observing the differences between new relationship sex and that of the long-married couple – with the help of John and Andrew. All I can say is Andrew’s poor teenage sons have probably been scarred for life. – MICHELLE TOMPKINS
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