IT'S a risky business going to small scale comedy gigs such as the monthly Comedy Cellar at the Huddersfield LBT.
It is in these intimate venues, unknown comedians hone their skills, but there's no guarantee they will be funny.
The absence of any hiding place for act or audience can also mean nervous times for the heckler and heckled alike.
On the plus side, the bar is ten feet away and you get to hedge your bets with three acts for just £9.
I knew nothing of the trio Dave Twentyman, George Cottier and Andy White but I left wanting more.
Twentyman's nervous chit chat had people chuckling and George Cottier had that unique ability to make people laugh without even talking.
But it was Andy White who left a lasting impression and it wasn't just his afro that was memorable.
His ability to effortlessly flick between regional accents, comedy gurning and classic anecdotes, gives him more dynamism than most but it was his lateral thinking that had every single member of the audience crying in pains of laughter - his erotic rendition of the Flintstones song in French a particular highlight.
Within three seconds of him leaving the stage the crowd were chanting for more, "oh good, just what I wanted," he said, "unpaid overtime."
Twenty miles down the M62, comedy legend Lee Evans was playing Leeds Grand - price £30 - I think I'd rather be here.
Next month's Syngenta Comedy Cellar on Thursday August 7 features Debra-Jane Appelby, Elliot J Huntley and the compere is Anthony J Brown.