A Funny Thing happened on my way here today…

by davebarclay1954

I was just thinking about the days I spent watching some really terrific comedians, both on stage at the Comedy Store in Newcastle and on tv as a child. Some of the really great comedians of the day used to appear on tv and I’ve seen some really funny people since returning to the Newcastle area in 1997. The title of this post comes from a show featuring the late great Frankie Howerd, that show was in part based on his Roman sitcom where he played a slave called Lurkio. The show was his stand up A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To The Forum.

Anyway, I’ve seen a few of the greats since then people like Lee Evans, and Sarah Millican who both had me in stitches right through their sets. I also saw Michael MacIntyre and Jason Manford but not the entire sets as I had to leave early, Michael’s show because I had work the next day and Jason’s because my wife had work the next day. I still wouldn’t have missed either show because what I saw was terrific. Unlike some of the greats from my youth whose routines were more sketch based than talk based the modern day comedians can be just as funny.

Not everyone has the same sense of humour so if you are intending to pursue the life of a comedian remember that the ones who appreciate your funny, will in the main, remain silent. Unlike those few who take offence because they will try to silence you by getting on your case. In the immortal words of someone famous (I think it was Groucho Marx but I’m not certain) you can please some of the people all the time, all of the people some of the time but you will never please all of the people all of the time. Stay strong and remain safe out there, and I’ll catch you again when I have something funny to say because the world just now is going to hell in a handbasket.

Seems they expect a lot of traffic since there is a Highway to Hell, with only a Stairway to Heaven.