Bringing comedy night to Snettisham
- By Elaine Bird
- 17 June 2019
If you enjoy having a laugh or two over your favourite beverage, clear your diaries for Saturday 19th of October and head down to the Queen Victoria pub in Snettisham and buy your tickets for a 'Pretty Funny' night filled with the best of local comedy.
Local Jenny Beake (Hilarity Jen) will be headlining the show with MC Martin Westgate (Hooma), a Norwich native who you may recognise from auditioning on Britain’s Got Talent 2018. The gig is a collaboration between 'Pretty Funny' and 'Hooma Comedy Club.' They will be supported by other local acts. As Jenny says: “(We’re) bringing something new, promoting local acts, giving people opportunity if they want to perform.”
Jenny, who just performed her first ‘Pretty Funny’ night at the Duke’s Head Hotel in King’s Lynn in June, is already a seasoned comic: she regularly performs in Norwich, Cambridge and London. She first started performing in London in 2011 at the age of 35, competing and performing in various comedy show throughout the capital and winning The King Gong at The Comedy Store. She relocated to Norfolk in 2015 and now works full time at the Princess Theatre.
On her genre of comedy, Jenny said: “I perform musical comedy with my piano, (doing) parodies of songs. I’ve been described as a cross between Victoria Wood and Barbra Streisand. I do original material but I also do funny songs that you’ll recognise, with a play on words. It may be a bit more risqué—(it) depends on what I think the audience will appreciate.”
Jenny emphasies that the show is ultimately about bringing comedy to this side of the country and giving local acts a platform: “The aim is to promote and encourage talent. If you put people in between more experienced people it gives them an idea of what a gig might be”
Landlady Jackie Bateson said: “It’s different, isn’t it—there’s not much that goes on round here. Unless you want to go to pubs and clubs in King’s Lynn, I think it’s a perfect place to have it and we’ve already had quite a bit of interest already. I’m quite excited about it and generally people are quite excited. I think it’s going to be a really good night.”
“For new starters, somewhere like this would be an ideal place to come because it’s smaller and more intimate. […] Depending on how it goes, we could make it a thing with different acts and progress from there.”
You can buy your tickets (£5) for the show at the Queen Victoria in Snettisham now.