It's hard to know what to expect when you turn up at an event called Stand-Up for Kids. Once you get over the fact that half the audience is under five and feels compelled to stand up themselves, stomp from the conveniently laid out mat to find their parents sitting in row 7G and H, and clamber over everyone in the process, you can almost relax.
Jared Fell is an excellent host and manages to ride on the title of magician in spite of only having one magic trick that actually works. Nonetheless he has both kids and adults enthralled – I mean what magician could be that bad? It is however, his failed attempt at hypnotism – “Now sleep” – uttered to the heckling child that really brings the house down.
First out is Elis James, whose Welsh accent doesn't seem to faze the kids. They share his panic at getting a lolly stuck in his throat with enactments of all the various friends and members of the family who get involved in his escape from death by choking.
This is followed by Steve Wrigley, who masterfully works off what the kids give him – demonstrating how to get soy milk and cheese from an unsuspecting cow – that may or may not be hiding under the stage.
Having rarked up the audience, James Nokise finds it hard to keep on track as by then the hecklers have got a taste for it and are determined to share their lives. In response to the yelling of “I've got a sister,” he calmly replies, “This joke works well with a sister too,” and keeps on going.
The kids love it, as do the adults. If you enjoy having fun with kids, and if you're a parent who wishes you could think up cutting remarks for the constant heckling we get in our daily lives, Stand-Up for Kids is both a fun and an educational experience.
It's back on Saturdays 11th and 18th but look out for more shows as they've almost sold out.
It was called Stand Up For Kids, but I think I probably laughed harder than any of the kids there. Which isn’t to say that the kids weren’t laughing, they were having a great time. But watching the kids interacting with the comedians added extra hilarity for all the adults there.
Jared Fell hosts local and international comedians, when we went, we were treated to Elis James, Steve Wrigley and James Nokise.
Jared, with his wacky brand to comedy magic had the kids giggling and trying to correct him when he made ‘mistake’. His very physical comedy was probably the most age appropriate of all four acts and the kids certainly warmed to him.
The rest of the comedians did a commendable job making their material more kid friendly. And I personally found the guaranteed lack of dick jokes refreshing. On the whole, I think the older kids 7-9 probably got the most out of it. The younger ones still had plenty of giggles though I think some of it went over their heads.
I was a little worried that anarchy was going to break out during Steve’s set. He did no material, just talked to the kids. They LOVED it. And responded by calling him stinky cheese and other equally mean (when you’re 6) insults. As soon as they realised they could interact with him and that they could be cheeky and no-one was going to tell them off, it became an absolute free for all. Steve dealt with it perfectly , giving back a bit of stick to some of the meaner ones (who hasn’t wanted to call *that* kid a weasel before?).
Stand Up For Kids is on again at 3pm on Saturday 11th & 18th May. Can’t be beaten for rainy afternoon entertainment for the littlies.