LETTERS: NABS; Diary criticism is unwarranted and typically unfunny

As the non-NABS representatives on the NABS Comedy Evening Committee, we were disappointed by the mean-spirited review of the evening in the Campaign Diary (17 November).

As the non-NABS representatives on the NABS Comedy Evening Committee, we

were disappointed by the mean-spirited review of the evening in the

Campaign Diary (17 November).



Apart from ridiculing eight acts who had the balls to stand up in front

of an audience of their peers, the article suggested that the evening

was as turgidly unfunny as some of the recent Campaign Diary articles.

Well, from the reactions of the audience on the night and the excellent

feedback NABS has had since, we would beg to differ.



Admittedly, these acts weren’t Jack Dee or Eddie Izzard, but that was

never the point of the exercise. These were all amateurs, some of whom

were doing it for the first time and, while not all of the material was

first class, there was some excellent and original stuff that raised

considerably more than a slight titter.



The people we feel most disappointed for are those at NABS. This was a

new fund-raising event for them and, having had such a negative write-

up, NABS will almost certainly not be able to repeat the event next

year. It was tough enough to try to persuade would-be acts to have a go

without them fearing ridicule in the pages of Campaign. It will be nigh

on impossible now. So no additional income for NABS next year. Pity.



Martin Jones; Kerry Glazer; Annie Evans, NABS Comedy Night Committee



PS For the ill-informed journo who wrote the piece, Tim Clark is a well-

known regular on the comedy club circuit and Kate Robbins is the star of

Spitting Image and commercials voiceovers.



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