‘Side-splitting fun’ had at Bristol Comedy Garden

PUBLISHED: 15:41 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 June 2018

Stephen K Amos, Shappi Khorsandi, Mark Watson and Milton Jones (picture by Steven Ullathorne) performed on Saturday.

Stephen K Amos, Shappi Khorsandi, Mark Watson and Milton Jones (picture by Steven Ullathorne) performed on Saturday.


A quartet of big-name comedians took to the stage during the Saturday session of the Bristol Comedy Garden and reporter Ellie Young had the pleasure of catching one afternoon of hilarity.

I went into the weekend not sure what to expect, having never been before, but what I got was teary-eyed, side-splitting laughter when four A-list comedians graced the stage at Queen’s Square in Bristol.

Stephen K Amos played the host who stole the show in my eyes.

Amos covered a range of subjects from his own family and his Nigerian background to human rights as well as making fun of the music technician who decided to leave the background music on and the stage hand who had to help fix his microphone stand.

Yep, you cannot make that up. This diverse show was packed full with different comedy stylings and some real characters which, even as I write this review, I am still chuckling about the jokes I had the pleasure of listening to.

First up to the stage to make the sold out big top laugh was I’m A Celebrity star and stand-up Shappi Khorsandi.

Covering topics from her Iranian background, her two rambunctious children and the fact she was ‘so hungover (she) could barely see straight’, Shappi had the audience keeling over with laughter at her tongue-in-cheek approach to parenting and the struggles of being a middle-aged single mum.

Up next was Bristol-born comedian Mark Watson who took the opportunity to make some digs at his hometown, weighing up the merits of Bedminster as an up-and-coming Clifton and Knowle West for a lower income residence.

Watson was quick to laugh at members of the audience who took their own stab at telling a poorly-timed joke and was hot off the mark with witty comebacks and making them regret trying to heckle him.

Last but not least was the headline act, the pun-tastic Milton Jones. Now I have been a fan of Jones for some time but was not sure how I would feel about a 20-minute set mainly consisting of puns but he proved me wrong with some brilliantly timed one-liners and, once again, putting the very very persistent heckler back in his place.

Some gags definitely verged on the ‘dad joke’ classification but you still couldn’t help but smile and laugh at the quirky, Hawaiian shirt wearing man in front of us.

All in all it was a brilliant afternoon with a killer atmosphere. If you missed it this time round then do not fret as the Bristol Comedy Garden is likely to return next summer and it is one not to be missed.

Bristol Comedy Garden on Saturday. Bristol Comedy Garden on Saturday.

Bristol Comedy Garden on Saturday. Bristol Comedy Garden on Saturday.

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