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Sense of humour essential
I was recently invited by friends to share a meal at the Alexandra Hills Hotel, part of the McGuires chain of hotels. It was a Saturday night and it just happened to coincide with entertainment provided by The Sit Down Comedy Club.
Now, I hadn't been to The Alex , as it is affectionately known by locals, for at least ten years. The first and only time I've been to the Sit Down Comedy Club in inner city Brisbane was about that long ago too.
It was a work function, and a young crowd, and let's just sum up the experience as "loud".
The Alex has undergone a spit and polish. When we arrived there were young families enjoying a meal, young men watching the Bledisloe Cup on the big screen, and others just socialising with a cold drink.
We met our friends at 7.30 pm and enjoyed a pre-dinner drink - an $8 cocktail to be exact.
We selected our meals from menus scattered throughout the hotel and ordered from the bar area, letting staff know we were seeing the Comedy Show in the function room. We asked for our meals to be served during the first intermission.
Mark McConville was the MC and first comedian for the evening. Now, I am familiar with Mark as he was the onboard entertainment on a cruise I enjoyed earlier in the year.
No, it was not the kind of show suitable for my mother-in- law nor a maiden aunt, but no one actually walked out of the venue in disgust. I have been to performances where the high profile comedian told jokes that had Many people getting out of their seats to leave the venue.
So what is comedy?
Peter Ustinov, actor, said " comedy is simply a funny way of being serious".
Mark is a funny lad and tells great yarns with a big smile on his face at all times.
But comedy has its serious side too. Mark is studying a Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention as part of a Masters Degree in Suicidology. Mark firmly believes that comedy "reduces societal stress, depression and suicides". (source: www.markmcconville.com.au)
Our dinner was then delivered which we devoured throughout the first break. Good pub grub with reasonable prices. Take a look at this menu:-
The second comedian did his bit, followed by an intermission during which we enjoyed a dessert, again delivered to our table.
The third comedian then entertained us.
I repeat, some of the jokes were definately R Rated, and some were a bit hit and miss. However the room certainly had its share of laughs and our little group thoroughly enjoyed a different night of entertainment.
Ellen DeGeneres stated that " most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else's expense. And I find that that's just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else's feelings." (Source: Brainyquoute.com)
There was no bullying at The Alex which also impressed me.
The next Sit Down Comedy Club presentation at Alexandra Hills Hotel will be on Saturday 19th September, 2015.
Bev Killick will be MCing, supported by Nick Penn and Matt Parr.
The show commences at 8pm, and doors open at 7pm with tickets costing $25.00 for the Show Only.
Will I be going again in September? I don't think it's the kind of show you need to repeat on a regular basis , but for a night out with friends with a difference, it provides value for money and a good night out.
Lastly, I would like to add that it is terrific that people from the Redlands are no longer forced to travel into the city for an evening of comedy. For that alone I believe this is an evening worth supporting.
The Alexander Hills Hotel is situated at Cnr Finicune and McDonald Roads, Alexander Hills. You can book your seats on 07 3824 4444.
Audrey Hepburn, actress, once said that she "believes laughing is the best calorie burner".