Comedy is coming to The Crystal with a star-studded line-up of funnymen.
The Siemens-owned building will host Comedy Club London on Thursday, February 4, with Mark Dolan, the face of TV’s Balls Of Steel as host.
We asked him what readers could expect on the night, which also features Mike McClean, Erich McElroy and Rudi Lickwood.
Tell us about your role fronting the first The Crystal’s first comedy gig
I’m really looking forward to it and being the host is probably the most fun.
You have the chance to talk to the audience and get to know the crowd – it makes it feel like it’s your night.
You’re the first person the audience meets and you can put your stamp on it, so it’s great to have your cake and eat it. I tell jokes, I get to improvise and mess around.
Canary Wharf and east London is a real mix of people – a lot of different individuals live and work there with high achieving people working in banks and things, so it is going to be an interesting experience, and I am looking forward to that.
I am going to do a lot of skyscraper jokes and a lot about elevators, a lot of stuff about views from the top of skyscrapers and other Canary Wharf material.
Tell us about the other comedians on the bill
It’s a really nice mix. The only thing is if you were to put us together we would look like a very wrong boyband. If the worst comes to the worse, we will just start singing.
Rudi is a legend of the circuit – he’s an extremely funny guy and he’s someone you never want to go on after, which is why he’s headlining.
Erich is very funny and does a lot of stuff about being a dad – the best thing about parenthood is the material it gives. It’s a good trade-off.
Mike is a TV legend – he’s from Manchester and it’s not really fair, because everyone from Manchester is funny.
You look at Peter Kay and you go to Manchester and everyone is like that.
Have you visited The Crystal?
I don’t know the venue yet but it’s very important that a venue is conducive to comedy – you need an environment where the stage is the focus.
If you’re sitting in a chair looking in one direction, you’re going to concentrate, if people are distracted, there’s no atmosphere.
You switch things around between standup, radio and TV, why’s that?
I like each and every one of them and there’s a definite part of my personality that suits each thing.
With writing, you’ve got hours to think of the right line and you have a feeling you can make it perfect – in stand-up, there isn’t really time. And the hours are great – I can do it in my PJs.
TV is a nice feeling knowing you’re reaching a large number of people if you’re doing it right. You feel naturally there’s a bond.
Stand-up is so direct and you get an instant response from the audience.
It’s a bit like going out – you put on a shirt, shoes and a jacket and you go out.
There are people near you drinking and having fun and it feels like you’re going out even as a host.
I like doing radio – it’s like stand-up, without the swearing.
6pm, February 4, from £15, The Crystal, Royal Docks