Booked food and drinks for some Friday night fun...having been to a Comedy Club at the Yorkshire Playhouse on a Sunday last year, was looking forward to starting the weekend off with fun.
1. Do not confuse the Friday night at Bar Risa's (alleged) night club with the fantastic venue at The West Yorkshire Playhouse. They are different events and organisers.
2. We pre-booked tickets and paid in advance so our table was allocated before arrival.
Our table was the furthest point from the stage and almost in the hall way. The manager explained they were fully booked and that we could not be moved. What a joke!
2. DO NOT ORDER FOOD ~ We pre-ordered burger, fries and onion rings, a simple enough order. The garlic bread and burgers arrived within 5 minutes of sitting down, no onion rings and still waiting for a drink!!!
The burger was vile and luke warm, obviously pre-heated and put in a stale bun. The garlic bread we hadn't ordered! The fries were ok, but it took 15 minutes after speaking to the waitress for onion rings to arrive, which must have been cooked immediately as they were very hot.
After 20 minutes, the waitress finally cleared my plate and the buckets that contained the onion rings and fries but preceded to ignore my wife's plate for a further 15 minutes until I finally asked for it to be removed.
3. We ordered a pitcher of Vodka, it was supposed to have 5 shots of Smirnoff in (doubts) and requested could we have tonic instead of pepsi with lime. We told we could not! Eventually the management explained that Tonic wasn't on draft and therefore not on sale for the same price, we accepted flat draught lemonade instead.
The second pitcher ordered and arrived as Vodka and Appletise!!! YUK!!! and had to be replaced.
It became apparent very quickly that large jugs of beer is what everyone else was drinking...
4. If you like half cut stag and hen do's Karaoke style entertainment, sitting among loud, heckling drunk, common, poorly educated people in couples and groups of all ages then you will love it!
5. Finally, the reason we booked...The compare is very witty and far too intelligent for most of the audience, he was ripping the p*iss out of his victims with aplomb!
The opening act was very funny and clearly got the audience warmed up. Mid set was a lesbian comedienne, whose coarse lesbian based humour was utterly lost on an homophobic working class audience.
The headline act was clearly the star of the show, was extremely funny and had everyone in stitches, although by this point 90% of the room were drunk!!
After the show ends, everyone is ushered into Bar Risa where a tacky DJ talks over the commercial dance tracks while four or five girls in extremely short skirts and porno heels looking like 'Only way is Essex' rejects, shuffle round their handbags whilst the predatory learing drunks stagger about, picking each other up, drinking shots and hoping to get lucky :((
Absolutely shambolic behaviour, couldn't wait to leave. Outside, a permanent police presence, with no less than 3 officers at any one time!!!!
The Comedy club is overstaffed by student types who call everyone "guys" (very Catherine Tate)...They haven't a clue about customer service.
The most likeable guy has to be the biggest doorman in Leeds. Quiet and well mannered and a credit to his occupation.
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