A Former Miskin theatre student is spicing up the comedy scene in Gravesend with a brand new night at The Woodville.
Tom Packman, 27, aims to bring up-and-coming stand-ups to Gravesend through the ‘Laughing Boy Comedy Club’, in an effort to re-establish Gravesend as a key location for performers on the comedy circuit.
The first show is on Thursday April 11 with award-winning comic Paul Chowdhry topping the bill.
Punters are also offered a bit of grub with their laughs, with the opportunity to buy tickets that include a curry in the price.
Having worked for comedians such as Alan Carr, Lee Evans and Kevin Bridges, before landing his current role as tour manager for Jack Dee, Mr Packman saw an opportunity to use his connections to help his home town get back on the circuit.
The former St Johns pupil said: “I suggested Gravesend as a location because there was a lack of comedy shows in the town, which is a shame because there is definitely the audience for it.
“I know that a lot of my friends come to the London shows we put on, so I thought I’d bring it to them instead, as a way of getting comedy on their doorstep.”
Studying acting and physical theatre before working in comedy, the musician and former actor is no stranger to performances in Woodville Halls himself.
He said: “I used to do amateur musicals there so I know how good it is as a space and how much atmosphere can be created in it. I wanted to show the comedians on the circuit, that there are some good crowds in Gravesend and that we’ve got a really nice theatre to perform in.”
Mr Packman, promoter and booker for the comedy night, is confident that audiences will “latch on” to the performances and is especially excited about Paul Chowdhry’s debut at The Woodville.
The comedian has an established fan base in Gravesend and is eager to play his first gig in the town as a thank you for his fans’ support.
He enthused: “Paul Chowdhry is on fire at the moment. He just released his debut dvd, which sold fantastically, he did sell out shows at Hammersmith Apollo, he’s been on Live at the Apollo and he’s also just won a Loaded Magazine LAFTA Award as best stand-up comedian, so it’s a big deal him playing in Gravesend and we’re very lucky to have him.”
If all goes to plan on April 11, the future could be bright for Gravesend and the ‘Laughing Boy Comedy Club’, with more dates planned at Woodvilles in the future, the town’s comedic calendar could be full once again.
Tickets priced £10 or £15.50 with a curry are available at the box office or woodville.co.uk/s186php