Upstairs at the Three and Ten is a venue that I had heard about but hadn't got round to visiting yet. So when I saw that Richard Herring was appearing there this week I thoughtI would give it a go. The Three and Ten itself is a pub hidden away down the bottom of St James St in Kemptown. It is very small and cosy downstairs and the performance space upstairs is probably the smallest I have seen. It is a narrow room with a stage down one end and room for maybe 50 people to sit in front.
The event itself was billed as Brian Gittins plus Friends, Brian being a local comedian and the MC for the evening. Him and his sidekick came on to warm everyone up with a vaguely surreal Vic Reeves'ish act. The first act on was Jo Enright who I had seen on TV before and thought was very funny. She lives in Hove at the moment do there was a fair amount of local material.
The best bit was when Brian introduced Richard Herring. Richard came out and was about to start his act when Brian proceeded to invite three audience members up onto the stage, gave them rubber monster masks and then lead then in a rousing version of the Hokey Cokey. Throw in a skipping Cd and a chap in a penguin mask and you have a very strange sight. Richard himself was a bit bemused by all this and rounded off the evening with a very rude set.