WANSTEAD: Comedy club moves to Leytonstone after row over bouncers

Jon Fentiman outside Baburchi in Leytonstone

Jon Fentiman outside Baburchi in Leytonstone

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A COMEDY night organiser failed to see the funny side after being asked to pay for bouncers by the manager of a Wanstead bar.

Jon Fentiman, 49, a primary school teacher from Chigwell, had been laughing all the way to the bank after his Wanstead Comedy Night played to packed audiences at the Bar Room Bar in Wanstead High Street.

But last month an interim manager at the club told Mr Fentiman that he would have to start paying £150 for bouncers, and the laughter stopped.

Mr Fentiman said: “I love Wanstead, but they were giving me £250 to source all the comedians.

“To ask me to pay £150 for security on top of that just made it impossible to continue there.”

The monthly night had become popular attracting crowds of between 60 and 90 people.

Mr Fentiman added: “We were getting a good standard of comedian, and there was never any trouble there.”

The night has now moved to Baburchi, a curry house in Leytonstone, where it will reopen on May 10.

However, the smiles may yet return to the faces of Wanstead’s comedy lovers after Bar Room Bar’s new manager, Tom Gussman,25, said he would be happy to talk to Mr Fentiman.

He said: “The manager who took the decision was only here for about a month.

“I would definitely be happy to talk to the organisers about a return.

“I’m not sure why two bouncers are needed for a comedy night on a Thursday anyway.”

But Mr Fentiman said it was too late to turn his back on Leytonstone.

He added: “Perhaps I can suggest to anyone whose nose bleeds when they reach the top of Hollybush Hill, that they do as I do.

“As you drive past the obelisk, keep your foot on the accelerator but close your eyes and keep them shut.

“Slowly let images of Judith’s of Wanstead enter your mind and imagine yourself wearing one of their dresses.

“Now imagine you are floating on the froth of a huge cup of overpriced cappuccino.

“Finally, and without opening your eyes, repeat the following affirmation out loud: ‘I am part of Wanstead and Wanstead is part of me.’

“Knowing this helps me feel safe beyond the Green Man Roundabout.”

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10:34am Wed 2 May 12

jef costello says...

Very good. Funnily enough I feel the same way when I have to go to Wanstead.
Very good. Funnily enough I feel the same way when I have to go to Wanstead. jef costello
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12:42pm Wed 2 May 12

T. Watts says...

If the comedy is on a par to Fentimen's 'hilarious' comments and his 'side-splitting' pose for the photo, then I'm glad he's cleared off to Leytonstone.
If the comedy is on a par to Fentimen's 'hilarious' comments and his 'side-splitting' pose for the photo, then I'm glad he's cleared off to Leytonstone. T. Watts
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1:14pm Wed 2 May 12

drysuitdiver says...

oy we don't want plonkers like that in Leytonstone. Only send the yummy mummys , but none of the "Wanstead set".
oy we don't want plonkers like that in Leytonstone. Only send the yummy mummys , but none of the "Wanstead set". drysuitdiver
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8:21pm Thu 3 May 12

reasons2bcheerful says...

www.wansteadcomedyni
ght.co.uk
www.wansteadcomedyni ght.co.uk reasons2bcheerful
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9:07pm Thu 3 May 12

Timbucktwo says...

I've been to nearly all the Wanstead comedy nights since they started a couple of years ago. They've all been a really good night out. They always have a really good mixture of acts - stand up and musical comedy. Henning Wehn, who's got his own Radio 4 show, was there at the end of last year. It's a shame that it's not in Wanstead any more, but I don't think that Bar Room Bar could cope with the numbers, because you had to wait ages to get drinks. I for one will be going to Baburchi's next Thursday. I love curry and I love comedy.
I've been to nearly all the Wanstead comedy nights since they started a couple of years ago. They've all been a really good night out. They always have a really good mixture of acts - stand up and musical comedy. Henning Wehn, who's got his own Radio 4 show, was there at the end of last year. It's a shame that it's not in Wanstead any more, but I don't think that Bar Room Bar could cope with the numbers, because you had to wait ages to get drinks. I for one will be going to Baburchi's next Thursday. I love curry and I love comedy. Timbucktwo
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8:59am Fri 4 May 12

Dagenham Dave says...

What on earth is that bloke doing? Tragic.
What on earth is that bloke doing? Tragic. Dagenham Dave
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9:47am Fri 4 May 12

Dagenham Dave says...

It seems This guy was in the guardian before trying to be amusing about the 'cocknification' of wanstead due to its pie n mash shop. Dont give up your day job mate. I also have it on good authority he lives in Manor Park, and so what a snob trying to align himself with the 'wanstead village' crowd
It seems This guy was in the guardian before trying to be amusing about the 'cocknification' of wanstead due to its pie n mash shop. Dont give up your day job mate. I also have it on good authority he lives in Manor Park, and so what a snob trying to align himself with the 'wanstead village' crowd Dagenham Dave
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10:26am Fri 4 May 12

Tim King says...

Some of the comments here are very unfair. Jon is a cracking bloke and an extremely funny man. At one show he got part of the audience to shout out 'pie' whilst another followed with 'mash' and then we all shouted liqour. It was so hilarious and even the bar staff were cracking up. I'll be there next week
Some of the comments here are very unfair. Jon is a cracking bloke and an extremely funny man. At one show he got part of the audience to shout out 'pie' whilst another followed with 'mash' and then we all shouted liqour. It was so hilarious and even the bar staff were cracking up. I'll be there next week Tim King
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1:03pm Fri 4 May 12

NDevoto says...

reasons2bcheerful wrote:
www.wansteadcomedyni

ght.co.uk
Shouldn't that now be
www.leytonstonecomed
ynight.co.uk ?

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[quote][p][bold]reasons2bcheerful[/bold] wrote: www.wansteadcomedyni ght.co.uk[/p][/quote]Shouldn't that now be www.leytonstonecomed ynight.co.uk ? - NDevoto
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1:42pm Fri 4 May 12

Jim Bird says...

Lets give credit, where credit is due....Standing on one leg, pulling frankly a bloody hilarious face outside a curry house is funny... FACT!
Get yourself down there next week, have a ruddy good curry a couple jars and let the comedy wash over you. Can't wait to see what other visual feasts are in store for us. Rumour has it that Mr Fentiman has promised to reenact this pose live...A must see! Jim
Lets give credit, where credit is due....Standing on one leg, pulling frankly a bloody hilarious face outside a curry house is funny... FACT! Get yourself down there next week, have a ruddy good curry a couple jars and let the comedy wash over you. Can't wait to see what other visual feasts are in store for us. Rumour has it that Mr Fentiman has promised to reenact this pose live...A must see! Jim Jim Bird
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