The temperature on the outdoor terrace was warm. The temperature in Bear Jokes' darkened upstairs room was approaching defcon:sauna. With a real audience of seven the night was an intimate and entertaining affair with the feel of a members club. Opening act Michael Brookes (pictured) certainly made an impact, strategically pouring drinks all over himself to music and then delivering a highly original skit on performance art in a pair of felt pants.
Following him were a host of Bear Jokes favourites all testing out new material for their Edinburgh shows - namely Sophie Henderson, Rosie Holt, Declan Kennedy, Aaron Simmons, Sophie Duker, Lucas Jolson and Ian Miller. An aspiring stand-up who'd come to see what ten minute sets looked like certainly got to experience a wide variety of approaches delivered over the 90 minute show.
For my part, I remembered 95% of the words to "Clicking Like" and did my usual rhyming couplet intros for each act. Come 10pm it was time for lights up, a bit of chat and putting up the posters for next month's Mirthquake preview.