Words: Olivia Ebeling
Photography: David Holderbach
While Ibiza is most certainly an island of superlatives, one of the few things we don’t have enough of on the White Isle are stand-up comedy performances – well, those in the English language, at least. And so it came as no surprise that for the second edition of the Ibiza Comedy Gala, the ex-pat community turned out in force for an evening of humour, laughter, and – of course – a bit of heckling.
Hosted by the renowned Covent Garden Comedy Store from London, following the rip-roaring success of the first stand-up night in 2017, Agroturismo Atzaro’s beautiful Pavilion space was almost filled to the rafters with keen comedy fans. For many, it was also a welcome opportunity to catch up with friends, whether they had spent the quiet winter months on the island or just returned from travelling around the globe. With everyone eager to enjoy one more of the soon-to-be-numbered nights of light-hearted fun before the island community gets caught up in the madness of the new season, tickets were flying off the shelves and there were next to no spaces left in the room when host Barry Castagnola (BBC2 Cyderdelic) welcomed the audience.
The Comedy Club had flown three very special comedic talents in for the occasion, including critically acclaimed stand-up and writer Jen Brister, fresh from her appearance on ‘Live at The Apollo’, headliner Rob Deering, who is considered the best Musical Comedy act in the UK today, and the hilarious Adam Bloom, who has sold out theatre tours all over the world. But even with such stiff competition for laughs, compere Barry had the crowd in stitches, delivering some of the sharpest one-liners of the evening.
Opening act Jen fittingly played on her own Spanish background, taking stabs at her mother’s accent, which generated waves of chuckles from the audience. Five brave young men from San Antonio took the risk of sitting in the front row, a danger zone for becoming a comedic target, and sure enough they bore the brunt of jokes from Adam Bloom.
The audience participation in general was not only high, but also highly amusing as many Ibiza stereotypes such as the ‘old raver’ were dissected until there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Headliner Rob Deering pushed the evening to a fitting finale with his hilarious improvised songs and musical special effects, lifting the energy to a whole new level. Of course, anything goes in Ibiza, so when the comedy star was asked to take off his clothes by the audience, he happily obliged.
It was a hugely successful return to the White Isle for the Covent Garden Comedy Club, so we are anticipating a third instalment of the Ibiza Comedy Gala – hopefully very soon!