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Just for laughs: HiFi's Saturday Comedy Sessions

14 March 2016
Just for laughs: HiFi's Saturday Comedy Sessions
Three times winner of the ‘Best Nightclub’ and ‘Best Live Music Venue’ at the annual Leeds Bar & Club Awards, there is no better host for top quality comedy than HiFi’s weekly Comedy Sessions. With the likes of Jason Manford, Russell Howard and John Bishop previously taking to the stage at HiFi, the intimate underground venue offers the perfect atmosphere to grab your pals, have a few drinks and enjoy a good old laugh.

The venue

As we enter HiFi the dim lights set the mood for the evening. A laid back atmosphere greets us immediately as fellow comedy fans chat in anticipation for the night ahead. If you prefer to sit down, then it’s advised to head down before 8pm to avoid any disappointment, with only a few stools and tables filling the small haven.

Throughout the night the bar is never too crowded, although closes during the acts to ensure the noise is reduced to only the cackles of laughter. Offering the perfect selection of beers, lagers, spirits and soft drinks, HiFi has the right ingredients to get your night under way.

With the underground room soon filling up, resident Steve takes to the mic to introduce the evening, setting a few house rules and creating a buzz with the audience.

The layout of HiFi offers the perfect set-up for crowd interaction, which only adds to the hilarity of the evening. It didn’t take long for the rowdy hen-do to be put in their place with some daring banter from the comedics.

Comedy Sessions

HiFi Comedy Sessions - Article 1Mick Ferry taking to the stage

The evening consists of two or three stand-up comedians from around the globe every week. Saturday 5th March was the turn of an awkward Peter Brush and comedy legend Mick Ferry, who recently starred in Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

The first act should be a definitive crowd starter in preparation for the headline, and Peter managed his audience with just the right amount of energy. His dry, self-deprecating humour had the audience in stitches, making up for his lack of stage presence – a style that seemed to fit his gags perfectly.

After quite a lengthy break, Mick Ferry took to the stage with his impressive moustache. A regular to the comedy circuit, Mick played the crowd with just the right amount of inappropriateness and well-judged put-downs.

The two comedians couldn’t be more different. From Peter’s self-mockery came Mick’s hubris style; a winning combination. The evening was witty, sharp, relatable and slightly raucous, much to the audience’s amusement.

With the very best stand up comedy in Leeds, the weekly sessions offer a platform for new acts to the comedy circuit as well as open mic pro’s. But the night doesn’t end once the comedy session finishes.

Guests are invited to stay for Sam’s Soul Shack, known for its “Hot Pot of Uplifting Dance Floor Bangers from Across the Global Soul Spectrum”. With a quick shuffle of stools, the room soon filled with a selection of reggae, Latin and soul bursting through the speakers.

Whether you’re looking for a girly night filled with a belly full of laughter or a chuckle and a drink with your partner, HiFi deserves a round of applause for its Comedy Sessions.

Tickets cost £12 in advance or an affordable £14 on the door. To check out upcoming line-ups visit the website.

By Emily Morris
Emily is a Volunteer Writer for Leeds Living covering topics such as eat/drink, culture vulture, music/dance and city living.
Photography provided by Justin Gardner