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Reviewed: Comedy Central Live, Ember Lounge, 16th Nov

By Samuel Mottershaw

Following on from the previous successful comedy nights at the Ember Lounge comes a a line-up that boasts such up-coming comedians as former CBBC presenter Holly Walsh and the energetic Rob Rouse. 

Regular compere Roland Gent stepped up as the first act, getting the crowd warmed up with his usual audience ribbing and jabs at stoke itself, Gent continues to impress and did well to hold up the sections in-between the acts of the night.

Shortly after, Holly Walsh (of TNT Show, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats fame) took to the stage and proved to be my favourite act of the night.

Holly Walsh was on fine form, with jokes taking on Stoke's local pools, the recent student protests, flat hunting and self-harm to name a few, and she kicked up a storm, as did some amusing stories relating to doctors, medicine and her recent trip to the broken arm department.

After a rather disappointing set from comedy newbie Rob Coleman, the night’s headlining act Rob Rouse took to the stage and delivered a whirlwind performance.

Coleman opened by  discussing the hedonistic days of his university life studying Geography, a poor guy wearing a beany hat and a superman shirt somehow managed to get picked on by every Rob, and by every other act of the night.

Being a fan of the long build up, there were several jokes which he would build up for five or so minutes, only to cut through the unusual tension with a piercing punch line.

He closed is his set with a few anecodates about fatherhood as he had a baby in the last year and a fair few hysterical stories to tell.

All in all, the night was fantastic and I would urge anyone who is a fan of stand up to attend the next comedy club in two weeks time.

Comedy Central Live returns to Ember Lounge on Tuesday 30th November, for ticket information visit