What better way to Help the Heroes then by stand-up? By Laura Reynolds
With an army barracks based in Fulford, and another not too far away in Strensall, Help for Heroes is a cause close to the heart for many York-folk. Not surprising then, that 7th November saw people come out in force to support Stand up for Heroes, a stand up comedy show held at the Best Western Monkbar Hotel and organised by Steve Shooter of Fixated On,with all proceeds going to Help for Heroes.
The show kicked off with Rory McAlpine, a comedian from Newcastle who set a high standard for the rest of the acts to follow, although they all gave it a very good shot.
As well as experienced stand ups, newbies to the comedy circuit also performed, including Liberty Hodes, who at the tender age of 18, showed as much enthusiasm for her performance as her more experienced counterparts.
Perhaps the best act of the evening was Simon. D. Heaven, a slightly sinister comedian whose use of long awkward pauses integrated into his set only served to make the audience giggle more.
The tension was lightened by a set from Peter Marshall and the Lomos, a popular comedy-musical group on the York
circuit. As always, their catchy songs had the whole audience joining in, and singing the whole way home! If you ever wondered what an egg is, you should probably go and see these guys live. They won’t tell you the answer, but they’ll sing you a nice song about it…
Steven Rimmer and Paul Hazell both stood out as talented comedians, and despite being the last two acts to grace the stage, kept the audience laughing until the very end. Paul Hazell even managed to get a standing ovation as he left.
The show was enjoyed by all audience members, although some were certainly reminded if why it’s never a good idea to sit at the front, or be caught using your phone, during a stand-up comedy show.
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Photographs by Gill Stewart.