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06.11.2015 20:00 to 22:00
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City/Town: ZURICH
Event Type: Concert/Show
Location: Mascotte, Theaterstrasse 10, 8001 Zurich
Price: Chf 40/35/30.-

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BOOTHBY GRAFFOE & SIMON MUNNERY
Two living legends of UK comedy on the same bill. What more can a comedy club ask for?



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Re: International Comedy Club Zurich - Boothby Graffoe (ENg) + Simon Munnery (Eng)

A few of us will be going for a delicious Pizza downstairs beforehand; if anyone fancies a bite to eat or you're on your own you're very welcome to join. We usually tuck in around 19:00, then head upstairs for the show at 20:00.

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Looking forward to seeing Boothby and Simon on the same stage.
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Re: International Comedy Club Zurich - Boothby Graffoe (ENg) + Simon Munnery (Eng)

Just thought I'd give a bit of feedback on this show.


The first guy Simon Munnery was awful, I did not speak to a single person who liked the guy. He clearly had his rigidly rehearsed script and he was going to deliver it come rain or shine, no matter what the level of audience engagement was. In the end he just came across as awkward, uncharismatic, and ultimately unfunny with his content bar a couple of ok one-liners.

The second act Boothby Graffoe was much, much better and was very amusing. Much better audience engagement, much more charisma, much better lines, and he actually interacted with the audience, which really does make all the difference to getting people invested in the act.


I actually thought the two "Open Mic" guys were pretty good too, both gave me some chuckles, with the edge going to the second guy.


One final request please The Laundry Man, please please try not to post Youtube clips of the comedians on the site that are the exact same material that is going to be used in the show, because it is highly irritating to watch to watch that Youtube clip and then have the material repeated to you ad verbatim during the actual show, as in the case of Simon Munnery who appeared to somewhat shamelessly re-hash his entire act for the Swiss audience.


Cheers, and look forward to the next time.
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Re: International Comedy Club Zurich - Boothby Graffoe (ENg) + Simon Munnery (Eng)

I understand it can seem a bit off when previous material is used but for me it depends how it's used. I could listen to Arthur Smith telling the same gags over and over, and Rich Hall just needs to turn up. The promoter has no editorial control over an acts content, thank goodness.

Both comics seemed a little underwhelmed by the very 'Swiss' audience IMO and didn't blossom perhaps as much as anticipated. Simon didn't seem comfortable, at least not from the stalls. The audience is as important as the act for a good atmosphere. Still, that's live theatre. You win some, ya lose some.

Both of the open mic souls did a good job!
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I understand it can seem a bit off when previous material is used but for me it depends how it's used. I could listen to Arthur Smith telling the same gags over and over, and Rich Hall just needs to turn up. The promoter has no editorial control over an acts content, thank goodness.

Both comics seemed a little underwhelmed by the very 'Swiss' audience IMO and didn't blossom perhaps as much as anticipated. Simon didn't seem comfortable, at least not from the stalls. The audience is as important as the act for a good atmosphere. Still, that's live theatre. You win some, ya lose some.

Both of the open mic souls did a good job!


The Swiss audience are always muted, it's cultural, but there are also plenty of expats there who respond well to a good comedian who knows how to engage the audience. There was a good level of audience feedback during the Boothby set because he made an effort to get people engaged (and he was funny), but if you have an act like Simon then it's just not going to get people vocal and involved.


I realise the Swiss audience is smaller and tougher, but it's all down to how the comedian handles it, and they should be well aware of this aspect before they come and do the shows in Switzerland (Guy can basically provide all of the local audience info they need in expert and minute detail), and if need be to tailor their act accordingly. In the end it's what they are paid good money for.
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Re: International Comedy Club Zurich - Boothby Graffoe (ENg) + Simon Munnery (Eng)

I liked them both in Basel. I know what you mean about Simon's set being pretty fixed, but he performed it well for us (I also agree with Uncle Max - John Maloney's "Mauw" still gets me laughing every time.). It's just the style of some stand-ups, especially the story tellers. I guess the difference with the greats is that they can switch elegantly if the audience isn't with them (which it sounds like in Zurich).

I couldn't help thinking of Johnny Ball sometimes during Simon's set; I think it was the accent and mannerisms.

The open spots were good, especially the second one (I think he went first in Zurich). He definitely has some presence and good delivery, where I think the first (is it Jack?) still seems a bit nervous; he had a couple of good lines but needs to stop pacing so much. They both did a good job though.

I tend to avoid looking at the videos, having been bitten in the past too.
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Just thought I'd give a bit of feedback on this show.


The first guy Simon Munnery was awful, I did not speak to a single person who liked the guy. He clearly had his rigidly rehearsed script and he was going to deliver it come rain or shine, no matter what the level of audience engagement was. In the end he just came across as awkward, uncharismatic, and ultimately unfunny with his content bar a couple of ok one-liners.

The second act Boothby Graffoe was much, much better and was very amusing. Much better audience engagement, much more charisma, much better lines, and he actually interacted with the audience, which really does make all the difference to getting people invested in the act.


I actually thought the two "Open Mic" guys were pretty good too, both gave me some chuckles, with the edge going to the second guy.


One final request please The Laundry Man, please please try not to post Youtube clips of the comedians on the site that are the exact same material that is going to be used in the show, because it is highly irritating to watch to watch that Youtube clip and then have the material repeated to you ad verbatim during the actual show, as in the case of Simon Munnery who appeared to somewhat shamelessly re-hash his entire act for the Swiss audience.


Cheers, and look forward to the next time.
Thanks for the feedback! Simon Munnery:comedy genius is often unappreciated. and you can't please them all. I put it down to too much sanitised stand up on TV It's taken the edge off an audience's ability to let go of their preconceptions and engendered a very conservative mindset when it comes to listening to things that might just challenge them a bit more if they made the effort, spoilt chumps ....Boothby is genius but audience participation is not a prerequisite in any comedy club. Unless you like your comedy clubs like your holiday camps, that is

Youtube: very tricky. If you trust that it's going to to be a good show, don't spoilt it for yourself by watching it. Really only for those who might not have been to comedy club show before. Quite a lot of those about in Switzerland, strangely enough....most of them still think comedy is like Klein Kunst, or Theatre...weirdos.

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I realise the Swiss audience is smaller and tougher, but it's all down to how the comedian handles it, and they should be well aware of this aspect before they come and do the shows in Switzerland (Guy can basically provide all of the local audience info they need in expert and minute detail), and if need be to tailor their act accordingly. In the end it's what they are paid good money for.

Sounds like you think you could do better, or your expectations of how much they care/how much time they have to rewrite entire sets/how special Switzerland actually IS (not!), are just WAAAAY too high, or you've been watching too much comedy on the TV and are writing some comedy blog as if you were Charlie Brooker or something....
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