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Published December 2nd 2012
Let loose with live comedy's comeback kid, The Laugh Stand
It was an average underwhelming Wednesday evening, but endeavouring to change all that, we headed into Kings Cross for a hopefully hilarious night of comedic creativity. Our destination, The Laugh Stand at FBi Social, level 2 of The Kings Cross Hotel. A rebranded relaunch of the formerly known "Laugh Your T*ts Off", now dubbed a more tame and less frightening name. After all, as a female I can safely say, I want to laugh a heck of a lot but certainly not lose my unmentionables in the process.
The Laugh Stand, presented by Magner's Irish Cider and supported by Time Out Sydney and Punchline DVD, is a comedy showcase exploring the talents of well-known and lesser known comedians. However, let it be clear this is not an open mic night. All the comedians are personally selected by event organiser and comedian himself, Dane Hiser, to ensure a well-balanced concoction of comedic stylings of the highest quality. The Laugh Stand also holds comedy gala's 4 times a year and an Up and Comers night 8 times a year.
The event is held at FBi Social on level 2 of the Kings Cross Hotel at 8pm, situated right across from the garish and immense Coca Cola sign that graces the Cross. The hotel itself has stylish, yet low-key decor with plenty of comfortable areas to have a seat and a bite to eat, or to just grab a quick drink at the bar. Upstairs is FBi Social where you'll discover The Laugh Stand. A sweet little place with a few tables and stools, the stage and a seating area to settle in and lap up the laughs. Not to mention a bar for your convenience, which has Magners at the special Laugh Stand price of $5 a bottle at every event to lubricate your evening.
Kings Cross Coca Cola sign in all it's gaudy glory
Each show features around 8 different acts and an entertaining emcee, always providing a fresh feel to the evening. On the night of the relaunch our emcee was the always enjoyable Dave Jory, a well established comedian who we'd seen on other occasions at The Comedy Store. He was humorous and entertaining (as he should be as a comedian, but still worth a mention), making everyone feel at ease and poised for a night of hilarity. 1 or 2 comedians were a bit hit and miss, but you have to expect that not everyone is going to be to your taste. If you are expecting that, then this kind of thing might not be up your alley. You best have an open mind about it and just enjoy the night as a whole. You'll find it much more delightful that way and surely have a few favourites at the end of the night as I did.
I must give special mention to Michael Workman, Alice Fraser and Shane Matheson. All very natural story tellers, bringing intelligent wit to the stage and as you'd undoubtedly suspect, were marvellously hilarious. Very individual styles in their own right, but all had a great vibe and looked comfortable on stage. Whether that was a great front they put on to disguise their true, terrified, gut-wrenching feelings we'll never know, but the result for us was still the same.
Quirky little scene nestled into the wall on the staircase at The Kings Cross Hotel
Upcoming shows will be a gala on the 5th of December with Luke Heggie and in 2013 on January 16th with Tom Ballard, who I'm sure you'd be familiar with from Triple J as well as numerous appearances on the tele. Next year, all regular Laugh Stand shows will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, so save the date and get out there.
Tickets are $10 at the door for the regular shows and $15 (plus bf when you buy online) for the gala events. Everyone who buys their gala tickets online will also go in the running to win a comedy DVD prize pack which is pretty rad.
So why not give it a go? You'll be introduced to a variety of comedians, not knowing what you're going to get, encountering humour you didn't even know was out there and exposing yourself to an unpredictable and intriguing night of glee.
To keep up to date simply check out The Laugh Stand, visit the facebook page and give them a like, or tweet tweet with them on Twitter. Gosh there is a bunch of ways to stay in the loop these days!