BScene by Dean: Comedy Battle at The Rose And ThistleMarch 18, 2016.
I think last night was the first comedy roast battle to be held in Brantford and it was held at the Rose and Thistle Pub and hosted by Chris Jarvie. I’ve never personally seen one of these battles before and it definitely did not disappoint me in any way. This has to have been one of the more enjoyable shows I’ve seen in the area. (and I’ve seen a lot of them) The Rose and Thistle was packed to the rafters for this event and the laughter was constant even to the point of bringing tears to some. With Chris Strei opening the entertainment once again and the good food available everyone one there was ready to get on with the show. Although the audience has never seen such a show they quickly warmed to the idea of comedian against comedian and quickly decided the fate of each in each battle. Looking around during the show I think I saw as many comedians as spectators than there were in the battles, this was really something to see.
Most came out with their guns blazing, however, some were obviously just not prepared to face their opponents in the ways they should have, you might say they kind of brought a knife to a gunfight. But everyone there got laughs just about every time the said anything at all. The eventual winner, Devin Bateson, was described right in the beginning as the dark horse and nobody really knew what might happen when he stepped up to do battle. He won most often ending with a real ‘zinger’ that his opponent just couldn’t answer to and the audience loved it every time.
The comedy was great, and watching the comedians in the show and watching the show was just as entertaining, but one of the best things to watch was the audience, I imagine some went home last night complaining of sore cheeks.
In bringing this battle to the Thistle, Chris Jarvie has bumped up comedy in the Brantford area once again. Brantford has had a good reputation for comedy with comedians throughout the province since the first show at the Station Gallery Café opened its Thursday Night Comedy(and it’s still going on) over two years ago.
Comedy is very strong in our city and it’s continually morphing and growing to our benefit.
I think that this ‘battle’ will be happening again next month as well, but don’t forget about the First Friday Standup comedy that happens the first Friday of every month as well.
Please remember to support local comedy wherever you are, we all need a good laugh now and then if we are to survive in modern times.
Here’s laughing at you.
Submitted by: Dean Ellis
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