The Last Laugh comes back into our control

By the summer of 1993 Simon Evans had stopped wanting to run the Last Laugh. I can't remember why exactly, but I seem to remember that he was winding down the whole of his Flying Carpet Productions. As a result, Roger Monkhouse and I took it back into our control using the name Last Laugh Productions. Initially, we were helped by Charlie Studdy, who had worked for Flying Carpet but had now, I think, been laid off. He left us quite soon to take over running Goole Arts Centre.

We decided not only to run the Thursday night club at the Lescar, but also to set up a second night on Wednesday nights at a pub called the Royal in Sharrow. We would bring the acts up for two nights, and Roger and I would compère both clubs on alternate weeks. However, we found it impossible to build up a regular audience at the Royal, and the pub manager seemed neither particularly helpful or particularly friendly, so we only ended up running the second Last Laugh for one six-week season. By mid-November, we were back down to one club, at the Lescar, with Roger and I still compèring on alternate weeks through until Christmas.

 

What strikes me looking back at these bills is the number of non-Metropolitan acts we put on - lovely, quirky, individual acts whose were generally very different from the kind of acts we were bringing up from London. Particular favourites with the Lescar's audience were Rory Motion (the hippy Yorkshireman), Manchester's Bob Dillinger (old gags crafted into Bob Dylan pastiches in a deadpan northern accent), and Salford's own Kevin Seisay (a skinhead of Sierra Leonean descent singing songs in the vague territory of Billy Bragg, only with more jokes).

 

Wednesday 6 October &

Thursday 7 October: Stu Who? & Rory Motion

Wednesday 13 October &

Thursday 14 October: Paul B Edwards & Martin Davis

Wednesday 20 October &

Thursday 21 October: Bob Dillinger & Sue Beard

Wednesday 27 October &

Thursday 28 October: Sean Percival & Andy Robinson

Wednesday 3 November &

Thursday 4 November: Anthony King & Brendan Riley

Wednesday 10 November &

Thursday 11 November: Dickie Bean & Kevin McCarthy

Thursday 18 November: Mandy Knight & Rainer Hersch

Thursday 25 November: Martin Soan & Noel James

Thursday 2 December: Brute Farce & Arnold Bolt

Thursday 9 December: Kevin Seisay & Tony Mills

Thursday 16 December: Leyton John & Kevin Hayes