"Comedy at the Casino is a perfect match."Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
Comedy, of course, is supposed to be funny. And whether there are 30 people in the room or 300, funny is funny. In fact I’ve even been in a room by myself and burst into a fit of laughter at some excellent piece of hilarity or other that has been concocted in my mind, which just goes to show that the size of the crowd isn’t everything in comedy. The Soho Comedy Club is a small venue, intimate to an extent, taking over a room that can hold around 150 people. There may not be that many people present every time, but what we found out on our visit is that the performance is still a buzz even when comedy fans are stymied by a day of torrential rain.
Located inside the Empire Casino in Leicester Square, The Soho Comedy Club finds itself in an interesting spot. Casinos in London don’t have quite the exotic allure of Vegas; you don’t see many ‘high rollers’. The comedy is given the casino’s Shadow Bar on Friday and Saturday nights where weekly shows attract a mixed crowd of comedy virgins, industry insiders and veterans who seem determined to become a part of the act. As with many comedy clubs, these fearless veterans are soon put in their place by comedians who on this occasion are more than quick witted enough to embarrass their heckles into silence.
The night is split into three sections (with drinking during intervals encouraged) with a compere on hand throughout to keep your tummy tickled with observational musings and the odd lambasting of faulty household utilities. On this occasion three comedians keep us entertained. I call them Warm-Up, Weird Personality and Greaser. The greaser, Adam Crow, is the headliner and his act is polished enough to overcome a bout of the sore throaties. Weird Personality might have had a little more originality but Crow has the audience invested in the act with stories of life and loss leading to proper comic gags.
The comedy is to a high standard and we would return in the future. However, the icing on the cake is the 2-for-1 cocktail voucher that every guest receives for the Casino’s Ikon Bar on the second floor, which has its own private balcony overlooking Leicester Square. It is a pleasant little cocktail bar where one Mr. Peter Andre held his birthday this year – so now you know where all the high rollers come to hide.
T.A.O reviewed The Casino At The Empire on Wed 12 Jun 2013