Mug and Kettle comedy. Comedians from left to right: Django Niccals, Reece Piper and Sian Smyth.
Mug and Kettle is a regular open-mic comedy night that is held every Wednesday at The Record Crate in Glebe.
The night is a mix of established comedians, trying out new material as well as some of those who are giving it a go for the very first time.
It’s free entry. Straight up you know you can’t go wrong, plus you’re left with extra money to take advantage of their $15 Burger and Beer combo before the show.
Each week is different with a new MC to host. and a variety of comedians showcasing their acts.
The night generally has anywhere between 20-40 people sign up with each set going for about five minutes.
Last Wednesday (as at the time of writing this) was hosted by Nick Skeer, who was loads of fun and kept the energetic atmosphere of the night going all the way through.
MC Comedian Nick Skeer - photo by Craig Egan.
This particular show had about 30 comedians which ranged from newcomers to others who have been in the game a bit longer like Ben Elwood, Kirsty Mac, Rhys Piper and Mathew Lane; who have been part of festivals like The Fringe, and of who have also taken part in various shows around the country.
The vibes are always brilliant with a supportive crowd, who are all looking to have a good time and share some laughs.
Comedian Kirsty Mac
Event Organisers Daniel Muggleton and Simon Kettler answer a few questions about Mug And Kettle, and they both tell us why this place is so unique in comparison to other local comedy shows.
How did Mug and Kettle start?
“Mug and Kettle started after both Simon and I (Daniel Muggleton) got back from New York, being all excited about comedy and wanting to gig here.
Kettle (Samuel Kettler and Muggleton Kettler = Mug and Kettle, geddit?) had been trying to do that for a while, but found it difficult to get open mic spots - so he said we should just start our own room - so we did, with NYC-style sign-up on the night; so people like us could perform regularly.
This was in February 2013, and our first show was held on the 13th of March. The concept really took off, and we've had a very loyal bunch of comics and audience ever since; plus a few other sign-up on the night rooms have opened up which is great.”
What’s your favourite part about running the night?
“It's a bit cheesy, but seeing people improve is awesome - mainly because it means I'm laughing for about three hours every Wednesday.
Apart from that, hanging out with everyone after the show and cracking each other up is pretty great. The beer garden out the back is probably funnier than the show.”
Why did you pick the Record Crate to host the event?
“We wanted the show to be in Glebe, and just walked up and down Glebe Point Rd one day. Some other venues were interested, but the Crate were excited and supportive. One of the other venues actually couldn't spell 'comedy.' On that, I wish I was kidding.
Also their space is amazing - upstairs and away from the rest of the pub, so we were free to do our own thing - which was important as we didn't think it would actually go so well.
Plus it's actually cool, and not some stale pub with faded carpet - but a great new space where people actually have a good time!”
What makes it different from other comedy nights?
“I challenge anyone to find another comedy night in Australia which regularly has 30-35 performers. The most we've had is 43, all at different experience levels performing mostly brand new material on a weekly basis.
You'll basically see things you've never seen before - acts you've never seen before, and some really experimental stuff just because there's no consequences to a bad gig.
Next week you know you can sign up again, so there's freedom to try things. So just because of that, we've actually become a room that's very supportive of alternative comedy.”
Why should people come to a show?
“It's free. Everything I just said about what our room allows comics to achieve. The Kingpin beer is delicious, and the Crate's burgers are awesome.
Also, if you're feeling inspired having watched some of the show; you can sign up and perform yourself that very night - which is pretty cool right? Er, did I mention it's free?”
Photos by David May: www.dangerouxfilms.com
If you are after a midweek laughter session to get you through until the weekend, then this is it.
If you’re extra keen on comedy, there is also another Mug And Kettle night held every Monday at The Sly Fox: 199 Enmore Road, Sydney)
Where: The Record Crate, 34 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW
Why: Awesome venue, good food, good laughs, and a chance to see new material and close to the city. And it's free. When: Every Wednesday night