The King’s Jest

Clare Mohan 30 October 2009

Keynes Hall, Kings College – Sat 25th October


To begin with, our compere for the evening was the wryly comic Phil Wang, who started off with a short set of his own. His slightly reserved manner at the beginning soon opened out as he got into his act; with a t-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Chairman Mao and the caption LMAO as a prop when discussing his Chinese heritage, he managed to bring something more knowing than I’d expected to the stage. Clearly it wasn’t just going to be an evening of childish humour, which I must admit (being a Fresher and unfamiliar with Cambridge comedy) a dark corner of my mind was slightly fearing.

The first act to take the stage was David Stevenson, winner of last year’s RAG Stand-Up Competition, whose jokes about his Welsh nationality and unusual family background were among the best of the evening. I thought it was just a shame not to have seen more of him, since he really had a knack for understated humour.

Among the best of the rest of the night was Emerald Paston, whose Tim Minchin-esque songs I found inspired. Comedy through music can be a risk; thankfully, she was brilliant, and her “Just-out-of-Rehab Love Song” provided a welcome change from an evening largely dominated by jokes about race or gender. Greg Dickens was the highlight for me. His slightly manic energy carried me along; from the minute he discarded the microphone, he really took off. My favourite moment of the whole evening was probably his vehement argument with his angry French laptop, Jean-Pierre.

Both Jenna Corderoy and Phil Wang, who organised this evening, must be congratulated; not only were they both highly accomplished and original onstage, they’d also provided a really varied evening’s entertainment. My one regret was that I wished some of the acts had stayed on for longer; there was some really clever comedy going on.

Clare Mohan