AS usual, March's Comedy Club at Lawrence Batley Theatre offered a thoroughly entertaining blend of stand-ups that were a joy from first joke to last.
Resident compere Anthony J. Brown warmed up the sell out crowd effortlessly with instantly quotable jokes and ad-libbing as sharp as his jet black suit.
First up on stage was Elliot J. Huntley, another dapper chap, whose twisted confessional skits offered many a belly laugh. Even better than his bawdy tall tales were his songs, which were performed expertly on a mandolin and laced with acid-tongued lyrical couplets that barely gave the audience pause for breath.
Bespectacled Ben Davids had a more measured approach with his hilarious two liner gags. With such a slow build up if the punchline isn’t a pearler you end up surrounded by tumbleweed, but Ben's relaxed demeanour is entirely justified as his anecdotes are finely honed.
Sarah Profit's self-deprecating wit was a little more risque, but proved just as engaging. She duly succeeded in making the crowd roar with laughter with her hilarious facial expressions and ribald, off-beat humour.
Headliner Brendan Riley provided a master class in audience interaction. With the easy charm and natural warmth of your funniest mate down the pub this laid back Liverpudlian bantered with various members of the crowd with constantly amusing aplomb.
His cheeky ribbing of a group of car salesmen in the front row was the highlight of a storming set guaranteeing that every punter left knowing they'd had much more than their money's worth.