Competition: Win tickets to the Jesterlarf comedy club in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 11:22 18 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:22 18 September 2014

Dave Johns

Dave Johns


What do you get when you mix a Seattle comic, a cheeky Geordie, a deadpan satirist and a quick-witted compere?

The answer is to be found on Saturday, September 27, when the Jesterlarf comedy club comes to Saffron Walden Town Hall with a clutch of canny comedians. Dave Johns, Liam Mullone and Dave Fulton will take to the stage for a 30-minute set apiece at the evening hosted by Jeremy O’Donnell.

“The shows tend to go really well,” said manager Andy White, who has run the club for the last 11 years.

“We came and did the first show in Saffron Walden around two-and-a-half years ago, and always perform in the town hall.

“It seats 200 and we expect to sell out,” he said.

Fifty-six-year-old Dave Johns is looking forward to visiting a town he expects to be very different from his native Whitley Bay near Newcastle – although he did admit to having never heard of Saffron Walden.

“In all my showbiz career I’ve always wanted to say ‘Saffron Walden.’ It’s everybody’s showbiz ambition,” he said.

“Is it a posh place?” he asks, before adding “Looking forward to that.

“I’m a working-class lad – you can tell by the bits of scratch cards under my finger nails.”

What can audiences expect from Johns’ comedy?

“I don’t even know what I can expect!

“I’ve been doing stand up for 26 years, have performed anywhere from a fishermen’s bar in the Arctic circle to the Montreal Country ­festival and everywhere in between.

“My style is a lot of ­improvisation. I talk rubbish ­brilliantly.

“It’s a good job because I can’t do anything else,” he said.

Jesterlarf has showcased many a rising star in its 11-year history, including Micky Flanagan, Sarah Millican, Kevin Bridges and Michael McIntyre.

Frequently well-known acts come back to the club to try out material for forthcoming UK tours – such as when Ed Byrne when he returned last year for a show in Saffron Walden.

Tickets, £12.50 in advance or £14 on the door, can be bought in advance from or at the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Box Office by calling 01799 524002.

The Reporter also has three pairs of tickets to giveaway for the event. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is answer the following question:

Which part of the country does comedian Dave Johns hail from?

(a) North west

(b) North east

(c) South east

(d) Midlands

E-mail your answer to along with your name and address and a contact telephone number.

The closing date is Wednesday, September 24.

Winners will be picked at random and notified next Thursday.

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