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The Glee Club (Birmingham)
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The Glee Club (Birmingham)
Date: 06/05/10, updated on 06/05/10 (149 review reads)
Advantages: It is a laugh a minute, or perhaps every two !
Disadvantages: Ed Byrne tickets are tough to get hold of
Established - 1787
HQ - Birmingham
Main Room seats - 350
URL - www.glee.co.uk
Amidst this election storm that ends on 6th May; businesses are continuing to make ends meet in all our cities. The evidence in the high street is marred with deep scarring of the desolate premises, littered with tonnes of ripped cornered cardboard, all in preparation for a mythical giant Guinea Pig to make a nest. By walking through major cities, seeing the aftermath of what has been an unprecedented time of switching off 'life support machines,' for once thriving businesses; the UK public deserve a light-hearted place to go, where 'life is worth enjoying for once.' A place where you're entertained, laugh at life sorrows and jubilations; perhaps experience the uncomfortable rib ache of over laughter and wet underwear; when uncontrollable expressions spills beverages that in-turn make you laugh with yet more robust vigour. The Glee Club arena's certainly is a place for escapism.
For an establishment that started in 1787 at Harrow School; I assume during the lunch hours, and Rupert Everett wasn't dressed up as a school head-mistress. Its longevity proves that the human psyche craves amusement relief as much as Birmingham city centre dreams of 'non polluted air.' My visit to The Glee Head Quarters, wasn't a men only club that Harrow School provided the male population with; at least they had somewhere to go when the love of your life bans you from the monthly visit to the shed in the garden. Though, surely younger school-boys shouldn't necessary know of the trials of what the adult male has to endure in 1787. I guess early members of 'The Glee Club' had no other options than park their bums on miniature wooden chairs and start amusing one another. Reading between the lines, a school is the last place a hard working lady would look for her husband; especially Harrow, where politicians learned the art of deception.
I must admit, I found Marcus Brigstocke an English comedian and satirist performance of a supply teacher, dressed up in a beige corduroy suite and faded red socks, amusing to the point that Brigstocke must of spent many hours observing the supply teacher instead of burying his head in the text-books while at Harrow or in a Bristol comprehensive to make such a relevant performance piece that stood out from the crowd. I half expected Rupert Everett to peer through the exit door checking on 'us,' his pupils. (St Trinians the musical has performed in The Glee Clubs) - I'm sure there must have been some odd scenes down old Hurst Street in Birmingham as entertainers' perform their skit.
Carefully situated near Birmingham New Street near the train station, The Glee Club; has a noticeable ambiance that gives 'power to the audience,' and seeing your own reflection in sequin frocks and polished bald heads is a big positive. The Glee Club's audience participation ethos captivates imaginations and enriches the performance. The problem is if the performance is weak it shows up in The Glee Club like a 'ginger Englishman on a beech in California.' You can smell their fear when inexperience performers skittle out of the back-room. - But usually that disappears as soon as the well rehearsed skit gets into the second minute, which is on average when the first real laughter bellows out from the audience. The bar stops serving as a mark of respect even when it is separate to the performance area where the entertainers droll out their hilarious one-liners or irrelevant patter, depending on whom you're siding with and what night you go on. I prefer a bar man who is slightly conscious to take your order, in my experience I'd obviously gone to the wrong end as my bar man was mimicking the Hungry Hippo game, sadly without the plastic balls (now that would be fun) and with extra sound effects, that brought New Street train station that bit too close for comfort.
Glee has nothing to do with the E4 hit show, though since the show started many anecdotes from cheap performers no doubt would've made that comparison and researched the show in making that 'ice-breaker' walk-in moment - "Is this where I come to audition for the E4 show?" - Try not to get in late to view a Glee Club skit as you would inevitably be behind a pillar and neck straining to get any visual contact with the four foot midget performance, and you will miss the punch-lines start having a real hatred over pillars, tall people, and hats. You can guarantee some-one will be wearing a turban or using far too much airspace with pointless head-gear. I'm sure they're planters for the entertainer to pick out and be bemused over for forty five minutes. Any attractions in the audience like a vivid Christmas jumper knitted by an Aunt will be pulled to pieces by the four foot midget. Please leave these attires at home. Every time I plonk myself down in The Glee Club the public have to wear these atrocities.
"Ah I see that you picked up a road kill on the way here madam. Or are you Lady Gaga, I don't know, it's all the same to me."
Glee is certainly intimate; it is designed this way to draw out hilarity. I remember a memorable act that made mince-meat out of the British Gas Customer support team. The anecdote described how impossible it is to get straight to a customer support member and even stated your number twenty six in the queue, this was several years ago, so you may of heard this before. The performer then gave a piece of advice to the audience that made me wriggle with 'glee.' - First of all, don't pay the bill, whatever it is refrain from paying it. Wait till British Gas calls you and say that they're call is important to us and that they're number sixteen in the queue, say nothing for ten seconds and then say, your call is important to us, and that they're number eighteen in the queue. Just to get your own back. The American stand-up comedian picked on the irony of British corporations customer support behaviour. It tickled me, and the clever skit eclipsed many other acts that I've seen thereafter.
The Glee Club is a major part of the stand-up circuit and though many professionals perform in the US nearly all performers want to go to 'Glee.' They feel that the ultimate 'Glee' experience is to hit the heights of the entertainment spectrum; that is from ridicule to euphoria, all by being part of 'Glee.' - Marcus Brigstocke has been on the circuit for many years, he doesn't do it for the money, but for the pure enjoyment of working with a live audience. He claims it is the best way to test new material, and is allowed to wear beige corduroys, without getting ripped apart. He has a corduroy fetish.
Fantastic acts and talents such as Shappi Khorsandi, is currently on the 'Glee' circuit. She is a 'Radio 4' comedy regular and has been on Graham Norton's TV Show. - Her depiction and experiences regarding her faith is worth a view for £16.00 per person, she is worth the admin charge alone, and you'll get several fillers before the main talent, who'll pick at your funny bone, regardless where you've hidden it. If you like sticky carpets, black box venues that smell of old man's 'Y' fronts , 'The Glee Club' is not for you. I can recommend the 'Conservative Club' down the road.
Summary: A laugh a day, keeps whining at bay