Pontoon gets second dose of comedy

Pontoon gets second dose of comedy

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THE GUARDIAN
Comedian Brendon Burns.

The Comedy Club Asia is hosting another night of mirth in the Penh, with Australian Brendon Burns, Canadian Phil Nichol and Brit Jimmy McGhie set to perform on Monday night at Pontoon nightclub from 8.30pm.

Last month, the Comedy Club Asia debuted in the Kingdom with three international acts that packed out the club with comedy fans and more than a few hecklers.

Tickets for this show, sponsored by Tiger Beer, are $10, with a beer thrown in.

The show is headlined by Burns, a comedian who has made a fair few headlines himself. In 2005 at the Glastonbury Festival, he not only imbibed magic mushrooms (then legal) before the act but distributed them to members of the audience, as part of a documentary by Aristocrats director Paul Provenza.
According to comedy website Chortle.co.uk, the resulting show was literally off the walls.

“Spotting the scaffolding, which also doubled as lighting rig, he said: ‘I’m climbing that’ – getting about 10ft up before deciding to plunge into the audience, who were waiting to catch him.”

Phil Nichol first entered the scene as part of the musical comedy trio Corky and the Juice Pigs, and has starred in Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Graham Norton Show.

“My club set is fast, loud, silly and a bit rude. There is music and lashings of frenetic energy,” he told 7Days.

He said he wasn’t apprehensive about performing racy material in front of Phnom Penh’s NGO crowd, who were frequently the butt of Jon Atherton’s banter last time.

“My act is so silly you’d be a fool to get upset. And if you do get upset I’ll ride you round the room like a big gay knight on a dwarf! I heard NGOs are the coolest people so it shouldn’t be a problem.”

Jimmy McGhie co-presented the Dave Gorman radio show on Absolute Radio and provided voiceover and character work for ITV Mobile cartoons.

He has also performed stand-up on BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News.

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