Review: Fat Cat Comedy Club, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

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Here in Bury St Edmunds we are fortunate enough to have a monthly stand-up comedy club. It’s anything but amateur. It showcases both well established acts and those up and coming.

Sunday provided a rollercoaster of comedic styles. From the chirpy but chilled Irish Keith Farnan, to the bizarre yet wonderful Paul F Taylor to finally plunging into dark comedy with Carey Marx.

For his very first appearance at the club, Keith Farnan fit the bill as compere. Traditionally targeting the dreaded front row, he was quick to make fun of audience responses. You could not help but admire his subtle irony and the creation of a clever humour.

Nothing could have prepared us however, for the mania of Paul F Taylor. Despite an awkward opening, once started he could not stop. Openly admitting he had no links, he would flit from one subject to the next. He aptly described himself as a bag of Revels. With his mad persona he could just about get away with it.

For the grand finale, we were presented with a dishevelled Carey Marx. His black comedy was reminiscent of an irritable Jack Dee, but with a more upbeat ‘who cares’ attitude. He thrived on mocking the pedantic and the emotional. He even made his recent heart attacks sound trivial.

This comedy trio made a memorable night out and the same goes for every Fat Cat Comedy Club night. That’s the joy of stand up, each show is different, and you don’t know what to expect. So why not check it out next month?

Take a look at the acts for Sunday, December 8, via

Laura Reynolds