More Comedy Nights Could Be Arranged in Scilly After Successful Weekend Event

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More comedy evenings could be arranged in Scilly after the success of the Islands’ Partnership hosted-event on Saturday.

Two top comedians performed their stand-up routines for over two and a half hours. The gig at the Five Islands School was fully sold out with a mixture of both residents and visitors buying the 200 tickets.

Topping the bill was Edinburgh Festival comedy award winner and BBC3 TV panel show regular, Russell Kane.

And his set, which included humorous reference to the perceived posh nature of Tresco, where he suggested that beaches are not sand but “freshly raked hummus,” went down well with the crowd.

At the end of the gig, Russell described the St Mary’s audience as “amazing.”

Russ Kane’s tour manager says he’s fallen in love with Scilly and the comedian is planning to return to the islands because he feels he’ll be able to write his show material here, in the more relaxed environment.

Cornish comedian Kernow King was also on stage and has a strong fan-base in Scilly, from previous local gigs. He says the crowd was “as brilliant as ever” and says it feels “like coming home.”

Kernow King says it’s difficult getting top flight comedians to perform in the Southwest, but says Scilly is such a great place to come that they’re more likely to accept an invitation here.

Russell was encouraged to come to the islands as part of his ‘Small Things’ tour after Islands’ Partnership staff contacted him on Twitter.

IP tourism coordinator Amanda Pender says the comedian’s use of the social media and his reference to Scilly and the islands’ beauty over the weekend will help generate more awareness of our islands.

She says the comedy night created a “great buzz” and based on Saturday’s response, Amanda says the Partnership would love to organise similar events in the future.

On Saturday, all the event staff who covered ticketing, and refreshments were volunteers. Warren Neill from St Martin’s helped make sure things went smoothly backstage.

Amanda says she’s grateful to all the volunteers for helping make the evening so successful and says the Partnership has learnt a lot from the experience.

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