In Memory of Karl 'Edrik' Manson 1970 - 2010

Karl Edrik Comedy Cabaret

Friday 6th March

Toni Conti


Daughter of actor Tom Conti, BBC New Comedy Award Winner 2002, Conti regularly headlines at London comedy venues and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Toni's radio work includes Clare in the Community

Ali Cook


Lead magician in the ground-breaking comedy magic shows: Monkey Magic (Five), Psychic Secrets Revealed (Five), Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe...Ever (Five), Secret World of Magic (Sky One), and Dirty Tricks (Channel 4).

Frank Sanazi


The Ubermeister of Lounge brings a NEW ORDER and discipline to the usually more relaxed swing style. As his music and style originate from his homeland he has preferred to call the whole movement 'Fatherlounge'.

Steve Parry


Stand-up comedian Steve is a regular emcee for Mirth Control Comedy, Downstairs At The Kings Head and the Bath House Comedy Cabaret as well as being a popular act on the comedy circuit.

Rob Broderick


Irish stand-up comedian who was born in Dublin but who now lives and works in London. In 2005 he was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny competition at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

On Friday March 6th a new comedy club had its launch night. Karl Edrik compered Frank Sanazi, Steve Parry, Rob Broderick, Sarah-Louise-Young, Ali Cook and Nina Conti. The evening's musical needs were met by Julian Burdock and his Band 24 Pesos.

In terms of performance, I really do not know how it could've been better. Don't take my word for it, though, find one of the 120 people who attended. For myself, the entire evening was a logistical nightmare; I had no idea how much work would be involved and had I known, well, I'm not convinced I'd have decided to push ahead. But, I did and full throttle was applied: BEEP BEEP, make way, BEEP BEEP, here comes the pimped up comedy night.

Some of the highlights, for me, were presenting my brother, James, and my friend, Mark, with their Birthday cakes; getting a hug from my Mum and being told how proud she was of me and seeing so many friends who made the effort to come down and support me. I was genuinely quite touched.

The room was packed and there was a great atomosphere. I think that was as much to do with the quality of the audience as it was the quality of the performers. I've got some really good friends. There were quite a few other people who helped make that night possible.

Thanks people, you were superb. An additional thanks to the venue manager Jane, who amongst other things came up with the great idea of bringing in the outside benches to create a diner experiance in the pool room - the food was 'off the radar' delicious.

It's now all about March 20th.



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