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Enterteasement Comedy Festival Review

Sold out posterWow – what a weekend! Last year’s comedy festival show was good but this one was even better. As we sell out our Saturday show every month, we decided with the additional interest generated from the comedy festival website that we’d be daft not to take a risk and put on 2 shows and we had an additional Friday show as well. Friday shows have a reputation of being a bit more wild than Saturday’s and this one proved no different. We had one member of the audience who had a vocabulary of one 5 letter word that began with P and ended with a y and he repeated this constantly throughout the night…it was funny at first. Saturday’s audience were that good we think they were grown in a lab. They laughed, they cheered, they danced and more importantly, they didn’t shout “P**SY” every 10 minutes.

Friday Highlight
Highlight of the Friday show was when Colin got Maria Crawford on stage and performed a mind-reading set on her. She’s a girl I went to school with so I knew she wasn’t a stooge and that Colin had never met her before. Maria’s in the police (something Colin successfully guessed) so she’s normally used to being the one interrogating. Her reaction was priceless when Colin got everything bang on.

Saturday Highlight
Jellybean Martinez got a salesman up on stage for the dance section of his show. The gentleman started off quite reserved but after a few minutes he was grabbing the microphone and trying to get as much stage time as possible. Once he gave himself the nickname Sam.i.am he transformed from middle-aged salesman to international dance sensation.

The Friday show I’d give a 7/10 and the Saturday I’d give 9/10.

Audience Reviews

“Best Enterteasement show in the last 3 years”  George Price – Super fan

“We’ve tried this show as a one of and we’ve been back every month for the last 3 months” Alex Chung

“Best night out in Glasgow bar none” Annie McQuiston

ChrisHenryChris Henry – Compere

What a great compere! Chris is booked more these days as the headliner; however, there’s few better in the game than Mr Henry at compereing.

His interaction with the audience, building energy levels and injecting a sense of fun into the room are just marvelous. Not only that he controlled the rowdy audience with ease and kept us perfectly on time.

After telling stories about his upbringing in the east end of Glasgow he quickly moved into the audience to find out where they were all from which brought about some unfortunate surprises.

ColinCloudfestCOLIN CLOUD – Mind-reader

Colin packs more mind-reading demonstrations into 20 minutes than most people would in an hour show.  Miracles such as guessing peoples birthdays, occupations, and even what the person had for lunch where done with ease.However his big finish was simply out of this world.

We’ve had Colin at Enterteasement several times. His first show for us was very strong but over the last 3 years Colin has went from an excellent performer to a World Class Entertainer. We had lots of people come up to us after the show to say “He’s as good as Derren Brown” and we have to agree. Sadly Colin will be leaving us shortly to make a TV show in America, we wish him all the best and hope to have him back one day.

LOU-Leigh Blue – burlesque

Lou-LeighFestThe body piercer by day / burlesque performing star by night was excellent as always. Lou performed 2 different acts for us on both nights.

The first was a new act with lots of energy and great music choice (one that has been stuck in my head since) One of Lou’s greatest strengths is that she looks innocent but as her routine develops she reveals an unexpected tattooed body with intricate artwork.

Her  second act is one of Enterteasment’s favourites! It fitted in perfectly with our Comedy theme. Like a good joke, her Where’s Wally act had an enjoyable story and a brilliant punchline that had the audience in stitches. After the show she left us a video of thanks to all the people at Enterteasement and to say how much she loved begin part of the show  – which we all loved.

 

Vendetta Vain – burlesque

Vendetta-VainFestVendetta was the first elite burlesque performer we ever hired and since then has always had a special place in our hearts. Yet again she didn’t fail to entertain.

Her first act was a very classic fan dance, slow, sensual and was performed with amazing stage presence.

Her second act, Poodle Parlor, is potentially my favourite burlesque act of all time. It’s got a story, humour and a few twists & turns…it’s just brilliant and our audience loved it just as much as I do.  Thankfully this act never made it to crufts because her high standards could have put her in danger.

 

Craig Johnstone – comedy

CraigJohnstonefestCraig is one of the nicest guys in comedy, always cheery, always happy and he loves performing comedy. He’s been to Enterteasement before as a guest and loved the show and has always wanted to perform for us. Although still relatively new to comedy his friendly style seemed to fit in perfectly with the other comedians.

On the Friday night after his day job in B&Q Craig was looking a little tired and a little nervous. He took to the stage and gave a solid performance. Saturday night, a rejuvenated Craig turned up, full of energy and confidence. Took to the stage and had the audience in the palm of his hands. A really strong performance from one of the best new acts in Scottish comedy.

JellyBeanFestJellybean Martinez – Comedian

Our legendary Spanish pop sensation took to the stage on Friday night and spent a lot of time dealing with our resident P word heckler. He ended with one of his signature songs “Sausage wet”. The audience all enjoyed it and the reviews were positive; but, having seen Jellybean several times we knew he was capable of more. On Saturday night, we were proved right but we had no idea how much more he was capable of! Wow! 20 minutes of laughter and applause, The audience were all singing along and he finished his set with a section of the audience giving him a standing ovation and several of the comments said, “Was that Robin Williams” That’s probably the biggest compliment in comedy

In Conclusion

Friday night we were 4 tickets away from being a sell out and Saturday we over sold the venue. The comment cards have been very positive and informative.  There have been a few constructive critisisms about the music choice during the breaks and the volume of music. We’ll look into this for next month. If you have any tracks you’d like to hear feel free to email them over.

Big Thanks

Running this show I get a lot of credit, however, after booking the acts and doing the advertising the show is in the hands of the other people who are genuinely some of the most talented and hard working people I’ve ever met.

The Admiral Bar

The staff have been great at setting out the venue and have invested in some benches and tables to accommodate our large groups.

The Staff
Genuinely don’t know what I’d do without these guys (and gals) They’re all amazingly good at what they do and not only do they work hard and do it with a smile on their face they somehow manage to put up with me.

The Glasgow Comedy Festival
These guys work hard to push shows and we sold around 30 tickets through them. These people would probably never have heard of us before and we’re hoping some of them will come back and with a bit of luck we’ll have some new regulars.

The Regulars
Without you guys, we wouldn’t be here today so thanks for the continued support. One day if we get to 100 regulars, we’ll put on a free show just for you guys (Considering we’re at about 25 at the moment that’s not a total pipe dream) .

Next Show

March 28th: Woody’s Magic Show
April 11th: Enterteasement
May 9th: Enterteasement
June 20th: Enterteasement (Yes we’ve changed to the 20th in June)

March 13th & 14th| Glasgow Comedy Festival Show

Poster for Match 13th & 14th Comedy FestivalEnterteasement is Glasgow’s monthly Comedy Magic Burlesque show. Over the last 3 years we’ve established a reputation of one of the best shows in Scotland, we regularly sell out and proudly boast a 4.7 star average customer rating. We’re delighted to be part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival and are putting on 2 ‘Best Of Enterteasement’ shows to showcase our audience’s most loved performers. If you’re looking to celebrate the weekend by trying something a little different then this show is for you.

Same Line-ups Both Days

Click here to purchase your tickets for FRIDAY 13th March

Click here to purchase your tickets for SATURDAY 14th March

LINE UP

CHRIS HENRY
Our ‘As Seen On TV’ Comedian is one of the most in demand comedians in the whole of Scotland. His cheeky interactive style welcomes the audience with great observational storytelling humour.

“He was good. He was very good. In fact, he was exceptional.” Evening Express

JELLY BEAN MARTINEZ
Our headline act is none other than JellyBean Martinez. This is a MUST SEE ACT! Totally original ,cheeky, sexy and very, very funny! A 2 x ‘Scottish Comedian of the Year Finalist’ & winner of Best Scottish Newcomer Jellybean will be hitting your TV screens later this year!

CRAIG JOHNSTONE
Craig has a loveable style and well thought out routines recently won him the Glasgow comedy gong contest. This hard working and talented comedian has all the attributes to make it to the very top of the Scottish comedy.

COLIN CLOUD
One of the most in demand mind-readers / mentalists in THE WORLD! At the age of 27 he’s already appeared on Britain’s Got Talent & Penn & Teller Fool us and presented his mind-reading skills all over the world. Last chance to see him at Enterteasement before he leaves for the USA to film his own TV show.

LOU-LEIGH BLUE
International burlesque act. This quirky and cheeky little harlot offers you a mischievous and wicked style of bump and grind burlesque with a B-movie twist.

VENDETTA VAIN
She’s not a Scottish star of burlesque or even a UK Star…She’s a World Class performer! She’s stage presence personified and has some of the quirkiest burlesque acts to grace the Scottish stage.

VENUE: The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow
PRICE: £10 – £14 (If you want to reserve seats for groups please choose VIP group section or purchase one of our 2 large tables for groups of 6 – 10.
DOORS 7:15.
SHOW 8:00 – 10:30

TICKETS: Get your tickets now

Comedy Magic Burleque Glasgow February 14th 2015

EnterteasementPosterFEB14thFEBRUARY 14th – Our first Comedy! Magic! Burlesque show of 2015!! Why not treat your loved one to something special on Valentines Night? Our 4.7 star rating shows consist of: As Seen On TV Comedy, Award Winning Magic & International Burlesque performers.  So if your looking for a good night out that’s a little different then Enterteasement might just be perfect for you!  After a fantastic 2014 where we gained a reputation as one of the “Must See Shows In Glasgow” we’re proud to be back and excited to see if we can raise the bar even higher in 2015. If you’re looking for something a little different get your tickets soon, as we will sell out!

LINE-UP

JOHN SCOTT:

Making his first appearance at Enterteasement! John is a regular headliner all over the UK. His impressive CV includes supporting Frankie Boyle & Tom Stade and in 2010 was the winner of biggest cash prize in Scottish Comedy – a whopping £12,000

SCOTT AGNEW

Scottish Comedian of the year 2008 Winner, Scott has been described as a master storyteller and has many 5 star reviews and sell out Edinburgh Festival Shows.

MICHAEL REDMOND (MC)

Irish Comedian best known for his role as ‘Father Stone’ in the legendary Father Ted. He has made several other TV Appearances and is one of the best loved comedians in The UK comedy scene.

WOODY

Magic Circle Magician and 5 x Scottish Close-up magic champion. Woody is one of the premier comedy magicians on the comedy circuit. His style combines Dynamo style magic with hints of Kevin Bridges humour

DAIQUIRI DUSK

4 Yeses from Britain’s Got Talent and a standing ovation from Amanda Holden. Since Then Daiquiri has become an International Burlesque Sensation recently becoming a Finalist at the prestigious Milan Burlesque Awards.

DELILIAH COCKLEPOP

Making her Enterteasement debut, the beauty from Barcelona will be turning up the heat with her modern twists on a classic burlesque routine.

December 13th: Christmas Special Glasgow

Enterteasement Christmas Special

EnterteasementPosterDecember13thChristmas is a time for giving and on December 13th we’re giving you a top class Comedy Magic & Burlesque show right in the heart of Glasgow.  If you haven’t booked your office party or a wee cheeky date night then come join us and see why we have a 4.7 star average customer review and a reputation as one of the best nights in Glasgow.

Warning: this show will sell out quickly!

LINE-UP

BILL  DEWAR: COMEDIAN COMPERE

Since co-founding of The Stand Comedy Club., Bill has been involved in comedy for a whopping 21 years achievements include co-founding the Stand Comedy Club, countless sell-out Fringe shows and supporting Harry Hill

Original, different and highly entertainingThe Scotsman

JOHN GAVIN: COMEDIAN HEADLINE

‘Scottish Comedian Of The Year 2009’, John made it to the final of the prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ in 2008 and has since become one of the UK’s most in demand headline acts.

JD BROWN: COMEDIAN MAIN SUPPORT

Winner of ‘Best New Scottish Comedian 2014’ (Vespar Virgins)

A natural entertainer. A brilliant mimic, writer and performer. A potential great.” Robin Galloway

BIG PAUL THE MAGICIAN

Big Paul The Magician is a 2 times winner of the Scottish Conjurers’ Association Stand-up Magic contest.  He mixes, comedy, magic and playfulness to create a ‘must see’ magical experience.

LUNA TIK TOK BURLESQUE

Finalist for the U.K.’s ‘Alternative Model of the Year’ 2014, From USA, She studied at The New York School Of Burlesque and presents well choreographed routines fusing several styles to create powerful routines.

MISS HELL’s BELLE BURLESQUE

Nominated for ‘Best Debut’ at Miss Exotic World 2010 and Director & performer at Scotland’s Largest 1920′s night The Gatsby Club.  Miss Hell’s Belle is an excellent, classic burlesque performer and Enterteasement favourite.

 

 

 

 

November Review

NovemberHettieSaturday / Sunday review

At the start of 2014 we were selling out weeks before our doors opened and I was inundated with requests for tickets to see the show so we decided to launch a Sunday show .   If you couldn’t have your first choice of a Saturday night, a second choice for a Sunday show would be a good idea – right?  Wrong!  No one wants their second choice – including me.   So this show was really strange for us because we had 4 separate phone calls from potential customers saying they’d tried to book tickets elsewhere, but they’d all sold out so we were their second choice!  Luckily we were their second choice because they’d never been to one of our shows and thankfully one group celebrated their birthday with us and afterwards said they were glad the other venue had sold out because they had a better night with us,  so that makes me happy and my ego is recovering well 🙂

The Second Choice Sunday

Due to some incompetence on my behalf, the show was launched 13 days before the doors opened.  The Saturday show completely sold out before the doors opened  and the Sunday show attracted a decent audience but it’s just not financially viable so we’ll be knocking the Sunday show in the head until further notice.  I would just like to say to everyone who attended out Sunday shows – Thank you.  What a well behaved, fun, lively audience you guys were  I don’t know if it was just because it was quieter but we found you guys really friendly and my team enjoyed your company.

RIP Sunday Shows:  October 2014 – November 2014

SHOW REVIEW

CHRIS FORBES

ChrisForbesNovChris, our actor / comedian does a great job comparing.  He’s very friendly and he doesn’t pick on anyone so the front row were pretty safe.  Highlights for me are always the Lion King song (I’m not spoiling it) the bit about his English Granny and the combination of films to make a better film is not only very creative but very funny.

 It’s exciting times for Chris as he’s appearing at our last comedy only night of the year on November 29th….oh and he’s also got loads of TV stuff on BBC at the moment to look forward to (Scot Squad BBC1 on Monday Night’s 10:35pm).

LOU-LEIGH BLUE

Lou-Leigh contacted me in March last year as she was in the area and looking for a spot on one of my shows.  She’d send me a video and I’ll be honest I thought the act was good but I wasn’t rushing out to book her.  What I didn’t know was that she’d edited out the best bit of her act so it was kind of  like making a judgement call of The Usual Suspects without seeing the last 5 minutes of the film (If you haven’t seen the Usual Suspects…go do that now) After seeing her act (including the end) I was amazed – it was Enterteasement in a nutshell.  Funny, flirty, professional….I loved it.  So this time she came back up, we gave her the headline slot.  She opened the show with a high energy routine that was very blue…not dirty blue, as in the colour blue and finished with her Where’s Wally Comedy routine.  Both acts were really well received

Lou-Leigh Blue:  She has a style of her own 🙂

MISS INNOCENCE BLISS

InnocenceBlissNovemberAsh McTease , a burlesque teacher from Glasgow, attended the first Enterteasement show and has always been a big fan/supporter of what we do.  She contacted me a few months ago with the idea of giving one of her students the opportunity to perform at Enterteasement.  Her students were invited to audition and after several weeks of burlesque lessons Miss Innocence Bliss was chosen.

Taking to the stage for the first time is a terrifying experience for anybody; however, most new performers make their debuts alongside other new acts and aren’t following a professional burlesque artist.  On Saturday she had a big following which I’m sure makes things easier and more difficult at the same time. Truth be told as nervous as she may have been she left the nerves in the changing room as she bounced onto the stage.  She started with a feather boa routine and moved into some impressive chair work finishing with a big glitter finale.

TODD VARIOUS

ToddVTodd is an exceptionally talented Street Performer.  The pressure of street performance is very simple.  If you don’t do well you don’t get paid.  You need to be on top form from start till finish as 10 seconds of dead time and you’ll have lost some of your audience.  Todd is exceptionally funny and his audience interaction is second to none.  So it surprised me to hear that he’s leaving his greatest strength behind – Yip Todd is giving up his voice and performing a silent act under the name Ruse.  He started by choosing a volunteer, training the volunteer, before moving onto make a handkerchief vanish and reappearance in the spectators bank note.  Then he swallowed a 4ft balloon before performing a rope routine and then finishing with his signature “cups and balls”.

This was Todd’s first time performing as Ruse, it was an excellent routine that I’m sure will start making its way across the UK Cabaret circuit.

HETTIE HEARTACHE

HettieHeartacheBurlesqueNovHettie performed different routines on the Saturday and Sunday and both were presented with professionalism and flair.  Her professionalism really shines through in her routines as everything from the shoes to the her fans are exquisite and classy.

This was meant to be Hettie’s last year performing, before going into early retirement, but after Enterteasement on Saturday she’s decided to leave the door open for shows she likes performing at and luckily for us she loves performing at Enterteasement, so we will hopefully see her back again.

RAYMOND MEARNS

RayMearnsNovRaymond is probably the most naturally talented comedian in Scotland, he doesn’t really have a learned set so most of the time he just opens his mouth and whatever’s in his head spills out.  Unfortunately for us on Saturday Raymond had just come from another gig performing in front of 8 people so he wasn’t in the best of moods.  So his set started with how his last show started and this moved into a story about the best heckle he’s ever had as this was recently mentioned on Loose Women.

On Sunday he told one of my favourite Raymond Mearns stories about a bus journey.  What I love and hate about this story is that it’s comedy gold that I’d heard Raymond tell about 7 years ago.  Most comedians in the country would kill for a bit of material like this, but Raymond couldn’t remember it until I reminded him about it back in March.  I don’t know if he remembered that I liked this story or if he just looked into the front row and saw my girlfriend (who was there when I reminded him of it) but it was great to hear it again and was a good close to our November weekend at Enterteasement.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WEEKEND

Lou-Leigh Blue is from Bristol so you have to imagine her asking this question in an English Accent:

“Chris? What’s a fud?”
After explaining, she says, “Oh, I’ve only just discovered what the other one means but I can’t say it right – The Boaw Bea”
Me: “The Boaw Bea?”
Lou Leigh: “Yes, the Boaw Bee – the another name for a man’s parts”
Gary Fauld’s (I think it was him) said “Aww! She means The Boaby!!”

REGULARS

Neil McKillop has been one of our longest attending regulars.  On Sunday night he and Joanne turn up and Neil looks slightly confused as in the audience were his parents! Neil then said, that’s them been here the last 2 shows.  All of our Main regulars were here this time.

George Price, Early Burd (ended up on stage) and the photo bomber, the badge man, The McKillops, Del & Tamara & Jaggy Pickles.

BIG THANKS!

My Staff

When those doors open, I’m humbled by their work ethic.  We’ve no room for passengers, the show runs on a 5 minute window and we haven’t over ran in 12 months! Some achievement when you consider some comedy nights with 4 acts over run by over an hour and we have up to 8 acts, a raffle, comment cards, props, stage management, chocolates  etc.

An extra special thanks to Gary Faulds, who steps in as sound man If you can’t remember who he was, he was the guy with the brush helping out clean the stage at one point, he wasn’t asked to do that, neither was he asked to turn up 2 hours early to go over everything on the sound desk or to bring in his IMac to play the music more efficiently.

CLUB NOIR

The Biggest Burlesque club in the World.  I had the pleasure of performing for Club Noir for a couple of years and without them Enterteasement wouldn’t be here today.  When I mention burlesque to people they either say, “What’s that strippers?”  Or “Oh, Burlesque – I love that – I go to Club Noir”  The fact they have 2000 people at their shows every other month has allowed a vibrant burlesque scene in Glasgow to grow.  So not only do we have an audience wanting burlesque but we have burlesque performers and teachers bringing new talent through.

Many of the procedures Tina & Ian ( the owners of Club Noir) implemented in running Club Noir I have implemented in Enterteasement, albeit on a much smaller scale.
So after 3 years of Enterteasement, Tina & Ian finally decided to pop in and watch our small show.  It was very strange to have burlesque royalty in your audience  The next day they posted something nice about us on Facebook to their 8000 strong fan base, so big thanks to them and I hope to see them back again soon.

Next show

November 29th:  Comedy Only Show.
December 13th: Christmas Special

November 8th & 9th Comedy Magic Burlesque Show!

EnterteasementPosterNovemberLooking to celebrate the weekend and try something different?  Then checkout Enterteasement’s, November 8th & 9th, Comedy Magic Burlesque show.  This month’s show is incredibly strong with 3 As Seen On TV Comedians,  a professional magician & 2 International burlesque artists.  All this right in the heart of Glasgow in one of the city center’s most intimate venues.  Our shows proudly boast a 4.7 star average customer rating and a reputation for selling out – read the line-up and you’ll see why!

TICKETS

To get your tickets to the Saturday show for £14 click the  red button
Eventbrite - Comedy! Magic! Burlesque November 8th
To get your tickets for the Sunday Show for £10 click the blue button.
Eventbrite - Comedy! Magic! Burlesque November 9th

LINE-UP

RAYMOND MEARNS

One of Scotland’s all time funniest comedians.  Raymond headlines all over the UK and has several TV appearances.  He has been been described as “A Genuine Improvisational Genius” by Frankie Boyle.

CHRIS FORBES

Comedian and Actor Chris Forbes is the co-creator and star of BBC 2’s ‘How Do I Get Up There and ‘Scot Squad’.   Not only that, Chris has supported Kevin Bridges on tour and received 4 and 5 Star reviews for his Glasgow & Edinburgh Festival shows.

STU WHO

The Godfather of Scottish Comedy! One of the original members of STV’s The Funny Farm, Stu is a Comedy legend who like a fine wine keeps getting better with age.  Stu’s been at the top of Scottish Comedy for over 20 years and he keeps getting better.

TODD VARIOUS

Our international master magician this month comes from Detroit in USA.  Todd’s mixture of comedy with expert sleight of hand magic saw him perform at The World Championships of Street Magic.

HETTIE HEARTACHE

Channelling the allure of the 30s-50s Hollywood starlets  Hettie is a London Burlesque Festival performer  specialising in classic burlesque.  We’re delighted and saddened to announce Hettie’s presence on our bill.  In June Hettie made her debut for us; but, this will be her last performance as she’s retiring in December.

LOU-LEIGH BLUE

All the way from Bristol we’re bringing back one of our most talked about performers of the year.  Her alternative and unique style shines through in all her acts captivating the audience by breaking down the traditional taboos of burlesque but taking the best bits along with her for the ride.

INNOCENCE BLISS

Innocence Bliss will be performing her first ever show in front of a live audience with us.  After signing up for some burlesque lessons with The Showgirl Sessions, Innocence applied for the opportunity to perform in a live show.  After months of training, with highly respected burlesque trainer Ash McTease, she was  hand-picked perform for us.

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October Review

KatHowdy, this is more of a reflection on the weekends events rather than a show review.  One of the things that really sells our intimate venue is the personal touch.  so I thought I’d just share  my thoughts on the weekend.

So this show was billed as ‘The Super Show’ and when I woke up this morning there was one word in my mind:  Perfect.  I don’t know why this word was there but as I thought about both shows and spoke about certain aspects of the show it was a word I continually used but not for the reasons you might think.

Perfect:  When something cannot be improved upon it is said to be perfect.

Enterteasement will never be perfect; but, every month we try and do something slightly better than the previous month.  Whether that’s a better venue, acts, staff, equipment, prizes etc we’re always looking for that extra 1%.

Was this weekend perfect?

Unfortunately not.  Don’t get me wrong it was an excellent weekend, we’ve had rave reviews, people asking when the next show will be and many of our regulars saying it’s one of their best ever shows.   However,  we’re only at about 80% of where I think we can be and we’re working towards it.

Things we got right

As predicted, the Saturday show sold out 2 days before the doors opened.   When you consider there’s venues  & companies out there struggling to fill rooms half our size of ours it’s an amazing achievement that we can continually pack the room and sell out before the doors open.

The show ran perfectly on schedule on  Saturday.   We’re normally a few minutes behind schedule but ever break and act started and finished on the exact minute it was mean to.

Charity:  We raised £165 for Bwindi Community General Hospital in Africa.   Also, this was not a case of ‘donating money’.  The money was raised by my mum who has been making new scented bath products (bath bombs, scrubs, body butter) so everyone left with something for their money.   It’s also great to see my mammy doing something she loves and she’s constantly improving tweaking her designs / ingredients etc to make them even better.   Hopefully she can change this from a hobby into a profession.

Things that went wrong

I forgot to bring my magic props on the Saturday so had to improvise my set.

My headset broke. Sound check done, fresh battery installed, 2 minutes into my stage time – Broke – sigh.

We accidentally turned all the power off on the Sunday, nobody noticed and just thought it was part of the show

Drinks spillages:  On the Saturday we had more drinks spills than ever.  When people knock over a drink they never tell us they just sit in a pint of beer.   Nobody knows why.

I had spoken to 2 different ladies on the phone regarding reserving seats and assumed it was the same person so we made a mistake there.

Perfect Moments

KellyThis is why the word perfect kept coming into my mind.  Among all the good things and bad things there were some perfect moments
Kelly:  I’ve known Kelly since before Enterteasement began.  For the first 2 years she couldn’t make it to the shows as she always had the kids and lives over an hour away.  But she finally made it to a show, she loved it and she’s become a regular ever since.  Not only does she come to the shows, she sits down the front, she screams for the burlesque, laughs at the comedians and posts nice things on the page.  We have a few people like Kelly but this month she graduted as well (clever cookie) So my mum decided to make her a special present and have it specially wrapped.

When Kelly Saw the specially wrapped pink box she said to the guy she was with, “I hope I win that in the raffle”  Not knowing she had already won it simply for being a genuinely lovely person.  She sent me a photo of her kids faces as they were all excited to try out the bath bombs.

Sukki Singapora:  In today’s society we tend to promote beauty models over role models.  Sukki is one of the few people who could do both.  Her skin is so clean she actually looks photoshopped.  If I was to describe her performance I would say it was perfect.  Before the shows, she shares our event, she turns up early and is a joy to work with back stage.  Her manners & conduct are impeccable truly one of those people who does everything right.  However, although she’s performed all over the world and is a global star in burlesque she’s one of the most humble, down to earth people you could meet.  When she’s not being amazing on stage or getting up early in the morning to go to the gym she’s doing charity work.

Jaggy Pickles:  Mike and Linda come to Enterteasement every month.  I get to speak to Mike for a couple of minutes every night; but it was only on Saturday that I discovered this is their one night out a month and every month for the past 2 years they have spent that night with us.  Mike is quite happy to offer us the money to take the back booth for the next 6 months.

Early Burd and Photo Bomber:  Again, they’ve been coming every month for the last 2 years but what I’ve only started noticing is that they go around my staff and offer them a drink before the show! How perfect is that.  We’ve always wanted to give people that personal experience but I never expected that we’d be receiving the personal experience from our guests.

Christopher Beattie:  A guy I went to school with had the perfect excuse for not bringing his wife to the show – she’s expecting their first child – very, very happy for you bud – that’s one lucky child 🙂

Yum Yum:  Last month one of our old regulars never got into the Admiral because her sister had forgotten her ID.  As they were already out in town they went to another bar and she got chatted up by another guy and on Sunday they had their 1 month date at Enterteasement.

Rebooking:   The Saturday show finished at 10:30. At 11pm we had someone book tickets to the Sunday show who had just attended the Saturday show.  That’s right, knowing how good a night it was he decided to come back the next day and watch the same show again.

The Show

ScottAgnewOctScott Agnew

Consistently strong both nights:  Scott’s got one of those lovable styles that even when he’s picking on someone in the audience you know it’s just a bit of fun.  He poked fun at The English, flirted with the guys and had a great time on stage.

Not only was Scott very funny but he’s also looking great since he gave up the booze…that was until he heard we had a bar tab and had a few Desperados 🙂

A great performance from one of Scotland’s best compere’s

 

GaryLittleOctGary Little

Was excellent on the first night.  As we start an hour earlier than most comedy clubs the opening spot is never an easy one and many comedians really struggle.  Gary did his strong tried and tested material on the Satuday night and blew the roof off the place.  Gary is one of the few people who can do this.

On the Sunday he did a mixture of his strong material and newer stuff.  It was good to see Gary out of his comfort zone trying some new material, unfortunately as I’d introduced my mum as being there raising money for charity his anti-charity material didn’t do as well as it could have.

Still – good to have Scotland’s top headliner on our Bill, we’ll need to get him back in 2015 in his proper role as headliner.

 

Sukki-OctSukki Singapora:

Simply perfect!  A true world class performer who is a joy to work with on and off stage.  Her acts were exceptionally well received with many avid burlesque fans saying “She’s in a different league”.  Sukki’s performances are classy, elegant, fun and performed excellently.

Both her acts has Asian elements to them with the first having some rice poured over her (I’m sure this is normally champagne and the next having oriental looking fans.  Both acts were excellent.  We hope she comes back again.

 

 

Stakatto Blue

SStakattopinktakatto will never be perfect and I don’t think she’d have it any other way.  She’s constantly pushing herself to learn new tricks and push her boundaries with more complex routines.  Her improvement with the hoop in the last 3 years is simply outstanding.

Her latest routine had her standing on one leg and still managing to perform with 4 hoops!  She’s also added a little bit more of a burlesque element with music choice, dress etc so it fitted in really nicely with our night

 

 

WoodyOctChris Dinwoodie: 

How do you review yourself?  On Saturday I managed to scrape by with 4 things that just so happened to be in my car.  I had no intention of performing these tricks but I performed them and nobody noticed I was winging it so all good.  Sunday I felt far more comfortable with my own act.

However, I never perform to my best at Enterteasement because I’m always stressed out.  It’s something I look to improve upon in 2015.

 

Des McLean:

Back when I had a “real job”, working in IT, we used to listen to Des do his phone call wind-ups DesMcLeanboltwith my particular favourite being the Glasgow Ned Character of Plunge McNugget and the fast talking old woman Ina.  Des Incorporates many  voices into his set with stories of Tommy Sheridan days and a focus on tanning.  Des isn’t like other comedians, he kinda goes in and out of his set using voices and characters wrapped up with a high energy performance.

It was Des’ first time performing for us and at The Admiral for someone who has travelled the world, sold out 1000+ seated venues etc to walk into The Admiral and immediately say “This is a comedy club!”  Is always nice to hear.  Comedy is performed in many venues but The Admiral has a Stage, lights, is a nice size etc.

SUNDAY SHOWS

We’re having one more Sunday show in November. Unless it sells out I’m afraid we’ll have to pull the plug.  The Admiral doesn’t normally open on a Sunday so having to bring in 3 staff and a partner isn’t providing enough bar sales to justify opening.   We’re also not making any money off the Sunday show and need about another 30 paying customers to make it all worth while.
If it sells out, we’ll continue, if it doesn’t we might look for a smaller venue that’s already open so if you guys want it, please get behind it.

Final Thoughts

The main star of the show on both nights was the audience.  No shouting, heckling etc just loads of big laughs, screams and claps.  I must admit, I’m spoiled with how good they are but after ever show comedians come up to me and say “What an amazing audience”  So for all your guys who come along thank you.

Because of our excellent audiences, the acts all love performing with us and tell other acts that we’re a good gig we’ve been able to attract other big named acts and bring back our regular acts who like working with us.

Final Thanks

Jackie – my girlfriend for helping out selling the bath goodies

My mum for making the raffle prizes

My hard working team who make the show run smoothly.

Stakatto for inspiring me to get off my lazy ass and start learning new magic and to start pushing myself again.  New act coming soon!

 

Next shows

Fancy Dress Comedy Show November 25th with Billy Kirkwood, JellyBean Martinez, Damien Crow, The Wee Man & Rosco McSkeleton
Enterteasement: November 8th & 9th. with Raymond Mearns, Stu Who?, Chris Forbes, Hettie Heartache, Lou-Leigh Blue and Todd Various

October 11th & 12th Comedy Magic Burlesque SUPER SHOW

Show October 11th & 12th posterDo you want to try something new and exciting and really celebrate your weekend? Then try:
Enterteasement’s: COMEDY MAGIC BURLESQUE LIVE SHOW!!
Enterteasement’s monthly shows have a 4.7 star average customer review and a reputation for selling out. However, this month’s line-up is SO STRONG that it would be unfair to allow just 120 people to see it so we’re running on The Saturday & Sunday (Saturday Show Now Sold Out) . Every performer in this bill has WON AWARDS, received 5 STAR REVIEWS & BEEN ON TV!

Where Can I see this show?

3 Minutes walk from Central Station at The Admiral.   What’s that you say?  The Admiral?  Yip, downstairs is one of the best kept secrets in Glasgow.  It was nominated for Best Comedy Venue In Scotland in 2014 and Billy Connolly has gigged there.  So if it’s good enough for him….

SATURDAY SHOW: SOLD OUT

 

SUNDAY SHOW: Click big red button for Tickets

Eventbrite - Enterteasement: Comedy! Magic! Burlesque October 12th

LINE-UP

DES MCLEAN

Des McLean is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian, TV & Radio presenter. Having Sold out The Pavillion and played Carnegie Hall in New York Des has established himself among the comedy greats!

GARY LITTLE

Gary was voted: “Best Headline Comedian in Scotland” By his peers in 2014 and has sold out not 1, but, 4 Glasgow Comedy Festival shows in the same year.

SCOTT AGNEW

Scottish Comedian of the year 2008, Scott is an improvisational genius and one of the most popular compere’s in the Scotland and the UK!

CHRIS ‘WOODY’ DINWOODIE:

One of the funniest magicians in Scotland, 5 x Scottish Close-up Magic Champion and Scottish Comedian Of The Year Semi-Finalist.

SUKKI SINGAPORA

Highly regarded as one of the most phenomenal Burlesque Artists of our time. Sukki is on tour of the UK and we’re delighted to have her. She’s been Crowned “One Of The Most Beautiful Women In Burlesque” and is the first burlesque dancer to received a Royal Invitation to Buckingham Palace.

STAKATTO

Mind-blowing hula-hoop routines that leave the audience with that feeling of “WOW!”. Stakatto is an award winning hula hoop performer with excellent crowd pleasing routines. An Enterteasement Favourite!

September 13th International Show

EnterteasementPosterSeptember13thEnterteasement is Glasgow’s Favourite Comedy Magic Burlesque night. Proudly boasting a 4.7 star average customer review and a reputation for selling out shows. The September 13th show has an International cast of As Seen On TV Acts and Award Winners. This is not a show to be missed – Get your tickets while you still can – this will sell out!

Eventbrite - Enterteasement: Comedy! Magic! Burlesque! September 13th

LINE-UP

PARROT

Founder member of STV’s The Funny Farm, Parrot has not only been headlined all over the UK and appeared on programs like The Jonathan Ross Show, he has also written for Jack Dee and Jo Brand.

RAYMOND MEARNS

One of Scotland’s top comedians for the last 10 years and has been described as “A Genuine Improvisational Genius” by Frankie Boyle

BRUCE FUMMEY

The finest comedian on the Afro-Celtic comedy circuit, Bruce has headlined for us on several occasions and his mix of original material and audience interaction is always hilarious

FRITZ:

5 star Reviews from the Edinburgh & Melbourne Magic Festivals – our Dutch magician Fritz has been described as “Amazing” by Jermaine Jackson and has appeared on TV in USA, HOLLAND & Australia

LUNA TIKTOK

Finalist for the U.K.’s ‘Alternative Model of the Year’ 2014, From USA, She studied at The New York School Of Burlesque and presents well choreographed routines fusing several styles to create powerful routines.

AMBER SKYLINE

Amber is a tribal fusion dancer from London. She’s been performing her unique belly dancing style at Sell Out cabaret shows all over the UK.

KIM KHAOS

“The animal of Scottish burlesque”. With stunning big eyes & lips Kim mixes classic tease with a hint of modern madness!

Comedy Only Show August 30th

Woody's Comedy ClubEnterteasement’s NEW Comedy Only shows might be missing the burlesque and magic; but what we lack in boobies we certainly make up for in the comedy This line-up consists of As Seen On TV Comedians, 2 Scottish Comedians Of The Year and some of the most promising talent in Scotland

MARK NELSON

Mark Nelson is an award winning ,TV & Radio Comedian. Star of “Don’t Drop The Baton’

‘Blistering material which pushes dangerously near the boundaries of good taste’ Sunday Times

BILLY KIRKWOOD

Our resident compere Billy will be injecting his playful, energetic. style that saw him awarded the title of: ‘Scottish Compere Of The Year 2014.

JAMIE DALGLEISH

Scottish Comedian Of The Year 2011, Jamie is a master story teller who finds himself in awkward situations that could only happen in Glasgow. Pub humour at it’s very best.

OBIE

Original, Surreal, Hilarious – Obie’s been warming the hearts of audiences all over the world for the last 12+ years. His off the wall, unpredictable style will leave you wanting more.

TONY SLOAN

Burst onto the scene in 2014 Tony is an exceptionally talented new comedian with the potential to be the next big thing in Scottish comedy.

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