Comedy Forum, Tunbridge Wells’ original and best value for money comedy night plays host to FOUR more stand-up comedians as part of its regular ‘First Thursday in the month’ slot.
Ronnie Golden’s journey has been a long and fascinating one; from opening shows for Tom Jones, Scott Walker and Engelbert Humperdinck as a teenaged guitarist, he worked with David Bowie in his Beckenham Arts Lab days then went on to form cult late 70s renegades “Fabulous Poodles,” whose album “Mirror Stars” outsold both The Clash and The Jam in America in the early 80’s.
Within a few short weeks of that band’s demise he was doing stand-up at London’s Boulevard Theatre alongside Comic Strip regulars Rik Mayall, Ben Elton, a nascent French and Saunders and Alexei Sayle and performing a legendary ‘Buddy Holly’ in the first series of BBC 2’s “The Young Ones.” He remains the only original member from the Comic Strip team to still be actively working on today’s comedy circuit. There were several guest spots and cameos: he played Tracey Ullman’s ‘son’ in C4’s first “Friday Night Live” then performed with Mac McDonald in “Saturday Live” and was a detective and then a ‘doo-wop’ singer in a couple of Lenny Henry Shows. His voice, regularly heard on “Spitting Image,” was featured on the No.1 single “The Chicken Song/We’re Scared Of Bob.”
“Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen,” a two-man piece Ronnie performed with Arthur, won considerable plaudits on the Edinburgh Fringe 2000 and went on to the Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End. After a period of song-writing and general musical pursuits he’s back to performing his very individual style of stand-up in both this country and in Ireland, Holland and the USA.
Last Edinburgh Festival he was at the Traverse Theatre performing in the sell-out show “Rock Of Ages” alongside the great stand-up and writer Barry Cryer. “Unplugged” – his second show with Barry Cryer – was highly-acclaimed sellout show at the Gilded Balloon during this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
Standup comedy is a passion of Pam Ford. Her life so far including: growing up in Australia; moving house 25 times!; marrying and divorcing twice; and two not so sweet Aussie kids. Pam has decided its cheaper to perform stand up than go into therapy. Lively and outrageous, juggling both glamorous and bawdy material that would make a sailor blush, she shocks, delights and provides free counselling to poor unsuspecting audience members.
Her performances are not recommended for children, she’ll either eat them or severely traumatize them. “
Also appearing tonight will be AMADEUS MARTIN and BEN BRIGGS