They say that laughter is the best kind of medicine. For me, a Mom with a teething grumpy baby, that really was true after an outing to the Bearded Lady Comedy Club. Yes you read that right, I took my baby to a comedy club, and it was just what I needed.
I was recently invited to attend the Bearded Lady Comedy Club at Worcester Arts Workshop. I must say when I first heard about the event I really wasn’t sure what to expect or if the concept would work. However, I can hand on heart say I had the best time and haven’t laughed out loud so much in a long time.
The event was the first of its kind for Worcester Arts Workshop and I’d happily conclude it was a massive hit. The room was packed full of parents, having a great time, doing something for them and not just baby. Don’t get me wrong I’ve taken Baby Mack along to plenty of playgroups, and they certainly have their place. However, after 32 renditions of Baa Baa Black Sheep, you can start to wonder where you lost yourself a bit along the way.
Bearded Lady Comedy, funded by Worcester Arts Council, is a full on grown up comedy event, with adult humour and language, just one that you get to take your baby along to. Due to the adult nature of the comedy, only babies up to 18 months old are allowed.
The atmosphere was buzzing but was also so relaxed and informal too. There were playmats available for babies to roll around if they wish. You are totally free to do what baby needs you to do, be that feed, cuddle up and snooze or sit on your lap and watch the pretty lights. Don’t worry there was no fear of heckling if you needed to get up to rock baby to sleep or change a nappy.
The event ran for 3 hours, with an interval and included three comedians and the fantastic compere. There was a fully stocked bar on site, serving everything from cappuccinos to bottles of prosecco and a great range of snacks too.
Worcester Arts Workshop, is easily accessible from Worcester High Street and only a few minutes walk from the train station. The event ran from 10.30am until 1.30pm meaning I could easily fit it in around the school run for Mini too.
The comedy event was held downstairs, with pushchairs needing to be left upstairs. The venue does recommend bringing a sling along. I’d forgotten to bring my sling and I did find it a bit of a struggle juggling baby, a drink and my changing bag. For future events I’d 100% bring the sling along, or even better Mr Mack to help out.
All four of the acts had their own style, but all had me and the rest of the audience in stitches. I think the event was so well put together and is definitely addressing a gap in the market. Being a parent can be lonely and isolating at times, its events like this that help keep us sane and remind us that we are all on this journey together. I attended the event on my own but quickly got chatting to other Moms, babies are a great conversation starter.
I came out of the event smiling and refreshed, I thoroughly enjoyed my little toe step back into my previous grown up life. Bearded Lady Comedy gets a huge thumbs up from me, and Baby Mack too who wasn’t sure what was going on but got lots of milk and cuddles so he was a happy bunny.
The next Bearded Lady Comedy event at Worcester Arts Workshop will be on Friday 16th August. For further information and booking visit here.
Photographs were kindly provided by Courtney Wallis Richardson.
Disclaimer: I was invited along to the Bearded Lady Comedy Club for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely mw own.