Holly Walsh on Happy Mondays

Holly Walsh performing on Mock the Week

Holly Walsh is one of the UK's most successful comedy performers and writers. She is also the compere for Happy Mondays, the brilliant comedy nights at the Amersham Arms in New Cross. Ahead of their new season of comedy, we grabbed a few minutes of her time to find out more.

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Here's the interview:

Why did you choose New Cross?

Happy Mondays was already an established night at the Amersham Arms, with a really good reputation on the circuit (thanks to lots of people’s hard work). Over the years it’s had amazing acts perform there - including Russell Brand, Stewart Lee, Simon Amstell and Milton Jones. I’ve been compering it for the last couple of years, and in the Autumn we took over running it.

How do you know the area?

My boyfriend lives in Brockley, so I've been coming here for the last couple of years. I bloody love the overground and Mr Lawrence's.

Are the nights going well?

Yeah! Although I would say that wouldn’t I? It’s a really fun club – very informal and laid back. We always try and put on a varied bill so there’s something for everyone.

With the Goldsmiths Tavern reopening as The New Cross House in April (and hopefully rejuvenated), do you think New Cross can become a destination for Londoners?

Yes. Although for me, Deptford Market is the big draw. Where else could you buy a 75 disposable razors for £1?

What did you think of the Greenwich Comedy Festival - does it have a long-term future?

I love the Greenwich Comedy Festival. It’s got everything I want from a night out – brilliant live comedy, beautiful settings and home in 20 minutes.

I've been to Happy Mondays a couple of times - it's a very intimate venue and always bagged a sofa seat at the front, and I feel like I have to laugh manically at every gag, so as not to hurt performers' feelings. Do I?

I don’t think you do, although it would be nice if you laughed of your own accord, rather than because you felt you had to.

If you could book any act to perform at Happy Mondays, who would it be?

That’s a tough question, because so many good people have already done it over the years. I’d love it if Frank Skinner would do it.

You write for other people as well as performing your own stuff - are you tempted to keep the best stuff for yourself?

Yeah, of course. But some of the stuff I write doesn’t work coming from me – e.g. my 15 minute routine about having itchy balls.

FUTURE HAPPY MONDAYS HEADLINERS:

10th January - Paul Foot
24th January - Andrew Maxwell
21st February - Brendon Burns
7th March - Pappy's
21st March - Rufus Hound

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32 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think Frank Skinner is great if not a little near the knuckle,Ive known people who have walked out of his shows,then again it takes all sorts.

NXG_Resident said...

My former colleagues who have worked with Frank Skinner on his TV shows have said less than complimentary things about him...

Turning a negative comment into a positive, great interview Nick and a not too shabby Happy Mondays line-up.

Brockley Nick said...

They get a consistently impressive line-up and, while I like Up the Creek, I prefer the informality of the Amersham Arms.

Anonymous said...

The very fact that Frank Skinner has a few people walk out of his shows probably means that he's doing a good job.

Matt-Z said...

Frank Skinner's about as controversial as Thora Hird.

Brockley Nick said...

@Matt-Z did you see Thora Hird's tour with Andrew Dice Clay back in the 90s? She was banned in twenty venues.

Matt-Z said...

@Nick I couldn't bear to listen to her juvenile, potty-mouthed rants and vulgarity. She may have dressed like a Christian but the similarity ended there.

Brockley Nick said...

It was Thora's bizarre, racist tirade at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood that killed it for me. Somehow, the jokes didn't seem funny after that.

PFan said...

Any connossieurs going tonight?

D said...

Having seen Paul Foot crash and burn horribly last year, I'd rather spoon out my own eyes.

Anonymous said...

New Cross....... 'a destination'.........Pleaaaaassssssssssse. Yeah in the same way Lewisham is 'a destination'....for pound shops.

In fact it already is an OK place for a night out, if you're not a ponce.

Brockley Nick said...

Well make up your mind mate, is it just full of pound shops as you say in your first sentence or is it a desitnation for salt-of-the-earth geezers like yourself as you say in your second sentence?

It just means will more people come and check the place out? Will there be more word of mouth? Will there literally be more things to do. Apologies if using a word of four syllables makes me a ponce.

NXG_Resident said...

Dear @ Anon 15:19,

You must be an inspiration to all of your friends and family.

Sarcastically yours,

NXG Resident

drakefell debaser said...

Apologies if using a word of four syllables makes me a ponce.

Ha! Touché.

If you do go and watch the comedy spoil yourself with a burger from the Amersham beforehand, as they are quite special.

Brockley Nick said...

Argh - burgers from Meateasy or the Amersham? Which is better?

drakefell debaser said...

Meateasy, but Amersham are a mere rizzla paper behind.

Anonymous said...

Whats wrong with just having a beer,leave the food to restaurants.

Brockley Nick said...

Well, I think the answer if you're a publican is that pubs don't make any money on beer anymore, because of the power of the brewers, so they rely on food sales (and other non-beer sales) to survive.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I shall be having a Burger at the Talbot which effectively comes with a free starter or pud on Mondays with their two courses for £10 deal.

Its just as good and nearer.

Brockley Nick said...

Went to The Talbot yesterday afternoon. Liked it.

No stand-up comedians though.

TM said...

According to D@15.10 there may not be at the Amersham tonight.

BOUM BOUM!

Anonymous said...

That could be a good intermission act,D spooning out his eyes.

Anonymous said...

we're all stand up comedians in tyrwhitt. its the way I tell 'em

Monkeyboy said...

What's wrong with having a burger with your beer, why leave to the restaurants ?

urbansurgery said...

burger + beer = win

ho ha hee said...

Paul Foot was marvellous this evening...Poirot skit was the surrealist thing...

Holly the host that would make foghorn leghorn seem like a church mouse. She's LOUD.

Celia - Young Australian comic good.

Joe- Young fogey, bisexual comic- very good.

Final note: If you know what the Chortle awards are, The Happy Mondays team would like you vote for them, it will bring good things to New Cross...

mintness said...

Whats wrong with just having a beer,leave the food to restaurants.

Have you never had a Sunday lunch at a pub? In your entire life? You poor dear.

Anonymous said...

Nope,but Ive had a bloody good drink.

Anonymous said...

If McDonald's start selling beer with there burgers we're doomed.

mb said...

pubs have been seving food for hundreads of years, I don't see the drama. Presumably if there is a demand for a food free pub then someone will fill it.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately like Nick says pubs cant survive now without doing food,with supermarkets selling booze as a loss leader.I bought 8 pint bottles of Bulmers in Tesco's just before Christmas for £5, which works out at just over 63p a pint.

Anonymous said...

Its actually 62 1/2 exactly.

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