Komedia: Comic Boom
Comic Boom is Komedia’s sell-out monthly night of exciting new comedy without the gamble. The MC this time round was Mark Simmons, who did a fantastic job hosting a friendly fast paced quality night featuring a top headline comic with up and coming stars of the comedy circuit. Taking place on the last Thursday of every month, this is not an event to be missed.
As Simmons opened the show, it immediately put the audience at his ease with his gangly physical appearance complimenting the awkward persona he adopted alongside it. Even with the audience interaction being alike in style to that of Jimmy Carr’s, this did nothing to diminish how comfortable he made the audience feel.
Daniel Audritt was first up. His performances predominantly centred on his naivety ranging from his relationship experiences to his ignorance on drugs. Audritt’s gentle comedy was an appropriately gentle way in to the enjoyable night of comedy that was to follow.
Next was Mark Steven Daniels who quipped that his ordinary name – Mark and Steven apparently being the most popular boy names in the year he was born – was in contrast to his less common sexuality. Explaining that gay people make up only 10% of the population, his earlier instance of self-deprecation where he sounded like a woman on the phone, lead him into a situation where he came across a good-looking blind man on a London train station.
Yuriko Kotani’s set focused on the use of language. In relation to the English’s use of ‘ish’ at the end of words, she said that such a concept does not exist in her homeland of Japan. Stating that trains in Japan never arrive late, her talk also entailed another train-related scenario in which a man thought he was being polite in greeting her with the Chinese equivalent of ‘Hello’. Hilariously, she responded by using the Polish word for it.
African-English Masud Milas spoke mainly on the cultural differences between his parents. Surprisingly, he jokes, they are no longer together. Poking fun at his father’s stereotypical ‘Britishness’ not to complain whilst his mother has no qualms in doing so, he cited a particular situation in which the family found themselves in a restaurant. Adding fuel to the funny fire of the evening, Milas was another comical delight to dig your teeth into that evening.