Celebrate:MK nightlife reporter Vicki McCarthy caught up with Dan Mayo to hear all about his free monthly comedy night at MK11 in Kiln Farm.
In the 1990s, Newman and Baddiel famously became the first comedians to sell-out shows at Wembley Arena and, as leaders of a new zeitgeist, the duo triggered a widely-held opinion that stand-up comedy was “the new rock and roll” – a label that has not been shaken, even to this day.
Step forward MK11 in Kiln Farm. Founded and run by brothers Marc and Simon O’Brien, the venue has gone from strength-to-strength since opening its doors in 2013.
A truly independent venue, it has grown from humble beginnings through sheer hard work and by offering its punters a one-stop-shop for live music, a snooker room, live sports, a vape bar and a fantastic food offering.
But this year saw another feather to its cap as it launched the free monthly comedy night ‘Grub and Giggle’.
Organised and run by local stand-up comedian and DJ Dan Mayo, Grub and Giggle showcases some of the hottest comedic talent, with up to eight acts gracing the stage each month.
So how was Grub and Giggle conceived?
“It just grew out of an obvious need,” explained Dan. “MK was crying out for a regular stand-up comedy night, so when MK11 approached me I couldn’t turn it down.”
As a gigging comedian, Dan is well connected on the circuit and quickly looked to his contacts for strong acts to launch the first event.
Mirth-seekers were equally as quick to respond, turning up in their droves, taking advantage of the bar food deals and humour on offer and with such a myriad of acts on the bill, each event really does have something for everyone.
Previous months have seen some big names take to the stage, from Britain’s Got Talent star Gantis Kandis to the current English Comedian of the Year Josh Pugh.
“There’s plenty more lined up for future events,” said Dan. “I’m constantly gigging and networking, pushing to make Grub and Giggle the hottest comedy night in the region.”
As we approach the autumn and winter months and all start to lose the post-summer glow, what can be better than a night of merriment and fun?
It’s well known that laughter is seen as a form of medicine and, quite frankly, I feel we should all be getting Grub and Giggle on a repeat prescription!
The next Grub and Giggle night at MK11 is on Wednesday August 30. Entry is free and the first act is on at 8pm. Visit http://www.mk11kilnfarm.com for more information.