Knock2Bag Comedy Night, Moth Club: ‘Fun, whacky, and with something for everyone’

Valette Street venue MOTH Club was the scene of Mellen's talk. Photograph: Paul Hudson via Flickr
Moth Club hosts the Knock2Bag comedy night every Thurday. Photograph: Paul Hudson / Flickr

A long-standing Moth Club tradition, the weekly Knock2Bag comedy night boasts a number of famous alumni, with Harry Hill performing later this month.

Last week, regular guest Tim Key took to the stage alongside fellow comics including Rosie Jones, Jayde Adams and Freddie Meredith, with the evening emceed, as it often is, by Ray Badran.

Knock2Bag showcases an ‘eclectic’ mix of big names alongside ‘ones to watch’ from across the UK comedy scene, meaning there is usually something for everyone – and this show was no exception.

Opening up was the ever-hilarious Tom Ward, who conjures a unique style that marries the humour of TV shows The Mighty Boosh and Peep Show and reformats them as musical stand-up.

Ward’s brand of comedy is more stylised than many other comics on current scene, but without feeling forced – making for an unexpected but nonetheless enjoyable show.

Rosie Jones was a standout for me. Embodying the ability to laugh at oneself, Jones invites the audience into her world and makes light of the struggles she faces as a disabled woman.

And truly embodying the spirit of something for everyone was Jack Rooke, who recited an altogether too relatable list poem, purportedly written the day of the event, entitled Greatly Ashamed.

Reading to a now warmed-up audience the comic said: “Number one: I’m greatly ashamed of the amount of times I have told my mum I wish I was dead, when actually I was just very hungry.” It got a shower of laughs.

Tim Key is a well-known comic with a number of accolades under his belt. He’s starred in various Alan Partridge vehicles, and featured on the popular 8 Out of 10 Cats and Taskmaster TV shows.

An illustrious solo stand-up career has seen him perform in venues such as Soho Theatre and Edinburgh’s Monkey Barrel Comedy.

Combining poetry with an effortless sense of comedic timing, Key creates a unique experience reminiscent of soapbox open mic nights combined with deliberately rough-and-ready joshing.

Knock2Bag is on every Thursday at Hackney Central’s Moth Club.

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