Monday, 17 December 2018

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A COMEDIENNE described as “the most exciting female act in the country” tops the bill at the second annual comedy gala

A COMEDIENNE described as “the most exciting female act in the country” tops the bill at the second annual comedy gala at Henley Town Hall tomorrow night (Saturday), writes Lesley Potter.

Carly Smallman, who plays guitar and sings funny songs, has done stand-up on BBC2’s The Rob Brydon Show and has also been on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s What’s So Funny? with Rufus Hound.

She is joined at the town hall by Laura Lexx, Tom Glover, MC Russ Powell — who makes regular appearances at comedy nights at the Three Tuns — and James Alderson.

There will also be an extra guest doing his first ever stand-up — Henley mayor, Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak.

He said: “I have been briefed to tell a few jokes, but it will be a very short stand-up session. I will be doing a two-to-three minute opening slot, but they have got the professionals and I wouldn’t want to spoil their glory.”

He added: “I also know my limitations.”

Cllr Gawrysiak admitted he had not got his material together just yet, but said he would be writing his gags today. His favourite comedians (whom he hopes to emulate) are Tommy Cooper and Milton Jones from BBC2’s Mock The Week.

The event is organised by Camp Mohawk in Wargrave, a day centre for young people on the autistic spectrum, and all proceeds will go to the charity. For £25 tickets including food go to www.campmohawk.org.uk

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