Barnstormers Comedy Club – Live Review – Junction Goole
By Kirsty Reid, September 2019
Following a short summer break, Barnstormers Comedy Club is back to lighten the mood. Kicking off the new season at Junction Goole, the night saw three comedians take to the stage, along with MC Kevin Precious.
Originating in East Sussex, Barnstormers Comedy have been presenting stand-up shows since 2001. Notable acts to grace the Barnstormers stage over the years include Sarah Millican, Andy Parsons, Lucy Porter and Rob Rouse to name a few.
Having previously visited Junction Goole for a cinema screening, I was a little apprehensive about how the setting would work for a comedy night. On arrival, though, I was pleasantly surprised. The main auditorium had been transformed into an intimate setting, with circular tables and dimmed lighting.
Keen to avoid ritual humiliation, Dad and I opted for a safe spot at the back of the room and braced ourselves for an evening of stand-up and musical comedy.
“Dark humour and outright stupidity”
MC Kevin Precious warmed us up nicely for the hilarity that followed. Testing the water with a few lighthearted anecdotes, the former teacher worked the crowd with skill. It wasn’t long before he singled out an elderly audience member who gave just as much banter back. Delightfully funny with a great stage presence, Precious was certainly a tough act to follow.
Climbing on to the stage next was Debra-Jane Appleby. The no-nonsense Yorkshire lass was unapologetically blunt and sarcastic from the start. Talking about her roots, weight, modern life and mortality, Appleby’s Peter Kay-like charisma made her an instant hit with the room. She is by far one of the funniest female comedian’s I’ve ever seen.
Describing himself as Britain’s only deaf comedian – “If there are others, I haven’t heard,” he tells us – Steve Day exploited every comic advantage that his deafness offers. Admitting he’s more than happy to “deaf it up” if the money’s right. Frank, funny and thought-provoking, Day’s bittersweet comedy focuses on deafness and memory loss.
Guitar-and-gag man Duncan Oakley was the final act to take to the stage. With an eye and an ear for the silly and the rude, talented musician Oakley mustered up witty musical anecdotes. Flitting between dark humour and outright stupidity, Oakley pushed the boundaries when it came to subject matter – with gags about bodies in his boot to Josef Fritzl.
Junction Goole might be small compared to other arts centres. But the level of entertainment is certainly grand.
Barnstormers is at Junction Goole every month