Irish comedians took to the stage to kick St Patrick’s weekend off with a bang while Hammersmith’s pub goers enjoyed a pint of Guinness in the sun.
Funny woman Janice Phayre was MC for the evening on Friday (March 14) at the Duchess of Cambridge pub in Hammersmith which was put on by comedy events organisers, Take the Mike.
She got the 50-strong crowd going as Kieran Lawless, winner of Bulmer’s comedy competition in 2007, and Paddy Lennox, who supported comedian Micky Flanagan on tour, had everyone in creases with their topical jokes. Fellow Paddy’s, Micky Porter and Derek Ryan, also wowed the crowd with their gags.
It was the day before the Emerald Isle won the Six Nations rugby so the smattering of English in the audience happily joined in with the joviality as well as some traditional Irish grub and of course a couple of pints of Guinness.
Gerry Nwimo from Take the Mike, said: “It was a fantastic evening and a great start to St Patrick’s weekend. Everyone really enjoyed the acts and they all had a good time as well. The comedians had everyone in fits of laughter and it was a good celebration of Irish culture.”
The next day, revellers at the Hammersmith Ram pub in King Street donned their best green outfits as they celebrated St Patrick’s day with a pint of the famous black stout and some traditional Irish music in the evening on Sunday.
Jo Cox, manager at the Ram, said: “On Sunday we were absolutely packed, we had an Irish open mic night which was really popular and on Saturday people were enjoying the sun as they celebrated.”