Reviews from Paul's pen

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Jestin Oct 2017

Review by: Paul Towers, 07 October 2017
Jestin’ at The Western
Upstairs Comedy presents Dan Nicholas with Sarah Johnson, Graham Mountain, Jack Campbell, John Poster, Ian West and The Monks
Upstairs @ The Western, 7 \October 2017

“Jestin’ at The Western October 2017”

For the next couple of months Upstairs at The Western is hosting its very own comedy club, Jestin’ at The Western. Hosted by local comedy hero Dan Nicholas this features several comics who are either complete newbies or established acts trying out new material.
This month we had a packed line-up of 4 acts plus two headliners.
Sarah Johnson is a local (Swadlincote) comedian who entertained us with tales of her recent trip to Ibiza with a 50th birthday party of girl friends and her complete inability to embrace modern technology.
Graham Mountain is deaf  but has a very nice way with words, a great turn of phrase and a nice line in satisfying stories while being amusingly self deprecating about his disability.
The headline act for the first half was Jack Cambell, a regular at venues around Leicester and nationwide. Having studied at DeMontfort University Campbell has adopted Leicester as his home city and works regularly with Dan Nicholas, our host.
After a much needed ‘comfort break’ we were back in the fray with Jack Poster, a cerebral palsy comedian very much in the vein of BGT finalist Jack Carroll. He has the same self deprecating gallows humour about his disability with a nice line in complaints about the benefits system.
Next came Ian West. If I am honest his brand  of painful surrealism passed me by and the audience mostly found his scruffy persona too weird.
Our final act was The Monks, a Christian sketch show duo who were not afraid to mock religion in general and IS in particular. Their sketch about PC dating was scarily accurate.
Dan Nicholas will be hosting a night of dance comedy at The Attenborough Arts Centre on Sunday 29th October. Details at
Sarah Johnson’s forthcoming gigs can be found at
Jack Campbell’s gigs can be found at
The Monks’ details are at
The next Jestin’ at The Western is on Saturday 4th November.
 Upstairs at The Western

First published in Western Gazette
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