Almost 200 people packed into Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse for the Diocese of St Asaph’s first Comedy Night on Saturday 4 February.
It was organised as part of the REACH programme – a series of events trying to bridge the gap between God, spirituality and everyday life. It included a fish and chip supper as well as an open bar at the Racecourse – the same venue used for the Diocesan Conference in 2011.
After everyone enjoyed the food, comedian Tony Vino entertained the audience for an hour with his jokes and some great audience participation.
The idea of the evening was to encourage comedy with a clean ethos and that was exactly Tony’s style. Not afraid to point out some of the quirks of the Anglican Church, Tony had the audience in hysterics as he told us about his gigs at York Minster and a rather unfortunate stand-up set in front of boxing fans at Hull’s KC Stadium.
Sadly the winter weather meant that Jo Enright and Barbara Nice were unable to join us on the night – they finally admitted defeat in battling through snow in the Midlands at around 9pm.
Nevertheless, Tony was able to fill the void and left the stage to rapturous applause after keeping us entertained for far longer than he’d originally planned.
Commenting on the evening, Tim Feak – our Under 25’s Officer who planned the event – said:
“Tony certainly proved to us that clean comedy can also be very funny.
“We were overwhelmed by the support we received for our new initiative and we plan to put on similar comedy nights in the future.”
Tim hopes there will be another Comedy Night later in the year – keep an eye on the Diocesan Website for details.