The promoters of the Very Best in Stand Up in Nantwich deserve a large pat on the back.

Not sure how, but this monthly show just gets better and better.

The latest offering served up four talented comics who produced a rip-roaring night of fun and belly laughs which left many departing with aching sides.

It was compered this time by 24-year-old Pete Otway – an affable young chap who looks like the sort of guy you could enjoy a few beers with.

Pete kept the evening ticking over beautifully, never dawdling, but enough crowd banter to keep us focused on the comedy while not taking it too seriously.

But nothing could quite prepare us for Canadian Tom Stade. From the moment he ambled on stage, arms aloft, we knew we were in for a treat. He did not disappoint.

He delivered a first-class act of story-telling, with memorable moments such as the “gangsta dentist” and £5 voucher. A perfect example of comedy at its best without the need for quick-fire gags or one-liners.

Second act Danny Ward (pictured below), a massive hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was so different in many ways, but just as funny in others.

His breathless delivery and clever use of language have you hanging on his every word.

And if nothing else, he left us all very grateful for not having that London look with a superb closing line.

Star of the night was headliner Jason Cook (pictured, above), who was returning to Nantwich after taking a 2012 show by storm on his debut.

And the Geordie has lost none of his irrepressible cheek and and sharp wit.

He mixed it with the crowd in brilliant improv style, and also delivered some classic anecdotes, like the children’s farm trip. Beware of the baby goats!

It was another sensational night of entertainment for a packed crowd at Nantwich Civic Hall.

Don’t miss the next show on June 6, details here.

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