Expect scurrilous language in new comedy show

Simon Emanuel

A new comedy venture aims to bring laughs aplenty to the Island as Ballyrags Comedy Club takes up a residency at Bar 74 in Ryde, with the first show on Thursday (April 18).

The inaugural show features headliner, Simon Emanuel (as seen on BBC), supported by Sandro Ford, Victorian rapper ‘Baron Fortitude’, and also showcases talent from the Isle of Wight School of Comedy.

Ballyrags – which means ‘to use scurrilous language’, as defined in the old Isle of Wight dictionary – will be showcasing the best of UK comedy, with Tony Law, of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Alistair Williams (British Comedian of The Year), and Bobby Mair, of ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ fame, already confirmed for later shows. The comedy club has been put together by Luc Valvona, who many will know as Baron Fortitude and founder of the Isle of Wight School of Comedy, and Toby Brown, a business and events manager, who is fulfilling a lifetime dream of running a comedy club.

Co-founder Luc, fresh from making it to not one, but two comedy finals, The Musical Comedy Awards and Hampshire Comedian of the Year, said, of Ballyrags: “We are going to be putting on the best nights of comedy on the Island, featuring amazing headliners alongside the best local acts. As such, we aim to give a stage for acts on the Island to develop and create a pathway into the comedy industry that doesn’t require commuting or relocation!”

Ballyrags will be held on the third Thursday of each month at Bar 74 on Union Street. On-line tickets are £10, plus booking fee, available from ballyrags.com, with limited availability tickets at £12 on the door.