Emergency Ward!

Could it be there was another sterling night of comedy for free in Clapham last Sunday?

You heard right soldier, there was!

But norovirus took out one of the acts we’d booked leaving us a man short. Thankfully the supremely-talented Tom Ward was on hand to step into the breach.

He’d only come to watch Ian Lane (he of the persistent arms) but, on hearing of our plight, filled in with his powerhouse set.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves gentle reader, hush hush.

First on was Rosie Wilby. The Teahouse Theatre and Fat Controller crowd-pleaser warmed the full room with her warm yet sparkling wit. Always a pleasure to host.

Christian Elderfield made his Fat Controller debut after Rosie had left, geeing our audience into, frankly, dangerous paroxysms of fun considering some of them were still eating (sort it out man, 8.50pm too late for dinner). With lightning improv trimmings surrounding the prime loin cuts of his material he was this-is-a-bad-metaphor-but-you-get-the-idea a joy to have down.

Despite being near full punters kept coming upstairs, attracted by the freeness and evident hum of quality emanating through the floorboards.

Three latecomers had a spirited encounter with never-less-than-genuinely-exciting third act Jamali Maddix. While Jamali’s material is always horrendously funny the man relishes going off-road, and the epic mountain of banter he scaled with the three marketing girls saw one audience member reach for his cameraphone to try and preserve the moment for posteriry.

Then it was emergency stand-in Tom Ward who kept energy levels high with his brilliantly-crafted, pacily delivered set. Well worth travelling to the end of any of London’s tubelines to catch.

Ian Lane, fresh from his triumph at the Max Turner competition earlier this month, brought up the pre-rear, or penultimate spot.

The wizard of closely-observed precision surrealism entranced our by now two-deep leaning on the bar audience. His signature, physically-demanding closing bit was a joy to behold, transubstantiating the house red of screentop mundanity into the blood of comedy Christ.

It was left to Oli Bettesworth to close the show, which he did with nonchalant aplomb.

A highlight was his wringing big laughs from suppressing a justifiable mild annoyance at having the punchline to his closing bit spoiled by a baby-noise heckle (“Gwah!”) and staying polite. A very commendable job indeed and a pleasure to have him.

There was no prize this week as we plain forgot but in a way everyone was already a winner.

A PS shout out to our favourite recurring audience member, Peter. Nice to see you Peter!





Award Winning Free Comedy, Clapham!


This Sunday at the Railway Pub on Clapham High Street we have an amazing line up packed with a bunch of comedians who between them have been won more prizes, competitions and awards than you could possibly shake a stick at.

Included in the line up are:

Ian Lane, winner of the Max Turner Prize a fortnight back, Rosie Wilby Funny Women and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year finalist. Christian Elderfield Reading New Act of the Year and Brighton Fringe New Act Finalist. Golden Jester and King Gong winner Nico Yearwood and winner of two Edinburgh Fringe Foster’s Awards, one for Best Newcomer and one for Best Show Oli Bettesworth.

It would be madness not to come along with your best shaking stick!

Betty Blue-Eyes Comes to Clapham

Aah Clapham, the comedy gods smiled upon us as we geared up for our first free night of 2013. It was an absolutely fabulous line up and one that will surely linger in the audience’s memory – for some whether they want it to or not.

Simon Caine proved that 99% of jokes are made 98% funnier with the use of his carefully researched set.  Fact based comedy has never been so fun, and the science behind the jokes came alive with the remarkable and illustrative use of venn diagrams and Schrödinger’s cat.

If you’ve ever wondered why you don’t see H from Steps around so much, listening to Jack Gardner might give you the answer.  Plus he introduced us to Betty Blue Eyes, she has the voice of an angel and the soul of something Geiger might have night-terrored.  I couldn’t breathe for laughing nor later sleep for fear of seeing those limpid pools again…

The awesome Mike Kenward told us about the ups and downs of cat ownership and helped us come to terms with the fact that all things come to an end.  Because pet cats do die, don’t they Mike?  But ever the optimist there was a silver lining to be had with even that.

Next Sam Golin took the stage and wowed the Clapham audience – he has clearly been perfecting his stripper dance.  Not to mention his assassination skills, even impressing us with his effective use of a hardwood floor.  Plus, important knowledge was imparted as he explained what a beard says about a man.

Dave Green supplied us with his hilarious torrent of deadpan musings, winning the crowd over with his slightly surreal summation of everything from relationship troubles to a note-perfect lonely builder impression.

Finally Mike Sheer treated the Clapham faithful to the joys of his old and new material, kindly letting us choose which was which.  Both were fantastic, although he clearly had animals on the mind as he told us about meat, the only animal he can draw and a fascinating dialectic on zoos.

An absolutely fantastic night, thanks to all the acts for being brilliant and serving up another ravening dollop of gleaming ha-ha wonder. For free!

New, Happy Year at the Fat Controller – line-ups for January and February

You know us Clapham, we’re not given to hyperbole but blimey have we got some good acts for you in January and February.

Oh yeah, FOR FREE AS WELL! (sorry for shouting, but lummee, a bargain, considering there’s a prize each week also)

(For clarity, there are some great people in March too but some of those bills are still to be fillsed).

Have a look here: https://fatcontrollercomedy.wordpress.com/upcoming-comedy-acts/

Plus more to be announced!

Just this coming Sunday January 13th we’ve the hirsute power-LOLs of Sam Golin, Simon Caine’s torrent of hahaha, Dave Green’s award-winning, unique mind, delightful Sunderland-er Jack Gardner and all the way from Canada… Mike Sheer!

Come on down Clapham, it’s free at the The Railway, Clapham High Street