|Peter Cook (1937-95)|
Charlotte Keech attended the first Establishment Club late night at Ronnie Scott’s and writes…
Comedy at London’s No. 1 jazz club? Hmph. But that’s exactly what happened last night (Wednesday 19th September) when Ronnie Scott’s late show gave a platform to Keith Allen and a string of comedians as part of Allen’s endeavor to re-establish The Establishment (the 60s Soho nightclub, founded by satirical genius Peter Cook).
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Alongside the not especially memorable comic turns, George Galloway got in on the act telling the first joke of the evening and lecturing on free speech with Allen, a mime artist brought a interview of Judy Garland’s from 1963 back to life to stunning effect and a prodigiously talented and scarily young band sang covers from the era.
Last on, Terry Alderton was the comedy act that went down the best with the audience – surreal, moving and just plain funny. For most of the 2+ hour show the fabulous James Pearson Trio was on hand to provide musical help but they were sadly underused. THERE IS SECOND NIGHT TONIGHT.
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