First Night of Honk! Was a Hoot At The Relais

The first in a series of comedy nights at The Relais Henley received a rapturous reception on Thursday night, from the full audience and the acts alike.
Last year, Tom Ryan had the aim of providing high quality, low-cost entertainment in Henley, so he launched Honk! which previously sold out shows at Drifters Coffee House and the Spice Merchant before the Henley Herald connected them with the Relais.
Tickets for Thursday’s show sold out a month in advance. Rising stand-up star Richard Stott opened the show and drew huge laughs from the crowd with material on subjects as varied as ageing, visiting Stonehenge and finding humour in his lifelong disability. Award-winning writer and performer Fergus Craig appeared next as his comic creation Martin Fishback, longtime Colgate employee turned crime novelist, who last year started in his own hilarious BBC2 pilot. Testing material before a London run, he had the audience in hysterics. The night then came to a close with Reading-based Radio 4 regular Iszi Lawrence, with a very funny set on Waitrose, sexuality and history.
The audience were also treated to the use of the beautiful Clip Bar as well as special pre-show offers in the restaurant and Quarterdeck Bar.
Organiser Tom Ryan said “You always get a bit nervous before a new venue but it was such a wonderful night. The comedians were really complimentary about the night afterwards and, alongside some Relais regulars, I spoke to many audience members who hadn’t been here since the Red Lion days and were extremely impressed with the new look and brilliant staff.”
Honk! returns to The Relais Henley on Thursday 25 May with Chris Neill, as heard on Just a Minute and his own Radio 4 series Woof & Raging Enigma, and Edinburgh sell-out stand-up Izzy Mant.
Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/cc/honk-811469
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