Now as Ralph's been know to say - 'It's not always about the music' - so when invited to the first birthday party (yes there was cake) of the Maghull Comedy Club on the outskirts of Liverpool it would have been rude to refuse.
As you may (or not) be aware I've been honing my stand-up skills with the Stand Up To Stigma mental health project thanks to the comedy Jedi Master that is Sam Avery, who also MC's the monthly Maghull Comedy Club.
It's a surprisingly salubrious venue situated in the local Town Hall and the hall and bar upstairs was filled to near capacity creating a boisterous but never hostile atmosphere. Sam Avery warms the crowd up with his cheeky local lad stylee and quick witted banter. What's always an encouraging sign is that the majority of the crowd are regulars (and non-stop fuel for his comedy quick-fire routine).
First up Geordie lad Barry Dodds who's observational humour outweighs his youthful years. His routine on microwaving a bar of soap (don't use Imperial Leather or it'll kill your microwave) to make it larger thereby freaking out his ketomine infused flatmate is an absolute classic.
No surprise he's in demand on the comedy circuit. One to watch!
After a short interval (with aforementioned Birthday Cake) Sam takes to the stage again disarming the audience before introducing the headliner, none other than multi-award winning Time Out Comedian Of The Year and Michael McIntyre favourite, Paul Tonkinson.
He takes observational humour of family life to a new level, and his Woolyback infused lampooning of his wife (I'm certain she's never watched a show as he's still alive) and kids is inspirational.
At just £10 for a ticket The Maghull Comedy Club is the find of 2015 for anyone in the Merseyside area. Next month's show features Markus Birdman...
"Birdman is the all-round package; witty, controversial, hip, topical, silly. A master of timing and physical comedy, he made me laugh so hard it hurt."
...and BBC Comedy Award nominee Pete Otway...
"A natural and original comic, known for mixing a razor sharp wit with an affable charm and creative writing." -
Steve Bennet, Chortle