Phoenix Nights star Jo Enright headlines Lichfield comedy night

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Jo Enright

Phoenix Nights actress Jo Enright is set to headline a night of comedy in Lichfield.

Jo, who played Peter Kay’s girlfriend Beverley in the hit series, will top the bill at the Stroke Comedy Club’s May 7 bill.

As well as her role in Phoenix Night’s, Jo has also taken starring roles onTV shows such as Lab Rats and Britain’s Got the Pop Factor… and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice.

As well as being an established TV performer, she is also a brilliantly gifted caricaturist who is able to bring to life the exaggerated characters that inhabit her painstakingly polished stand-up set, yet still keep them credible.

She makes much of her dour Brummie roots, but is able to disguise that distinctively rough-edged accent to become anything from her meek Irish mother to a feral Netto shopper to an eight-year-old Scouser – a role even more convincing given Enright only measures 4ft 10in herself.

The comedy comes from precise way she emphasises key words, forming them into most unlikely catchphrases, whether it be her mother’s irrational fear of ‘eskielaytors’, her own bafflement at ‘couscous’ or a bored shop assistant talking about her life ‘in retail’.

Her softly-softly delivery gently entices you into this mundane world, quietly and unhurriedly accumulating minutely detailed observations to build up the picture.

Boothby Graffoe

Boothby Graffoe

Opening the night on May 7 is Gary Delaney, a great foil to the night’s headline act.

If you want a lively, spontaneous act full of easy banter, look elsewhere. Gary has an unyieldingly deadpan posture that makes Jack Dee look like Ainsley Harriot. He is a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded as being the most quotable comic on the circuit.

MC for the evening is Boothby Graffoe following a successful headline slot in March, while new act Ryan McDonnell will get the chance to sink or swim in front of Lichfield’s comedy crowd.

People are urged to book early for what is set to be another sell-out show at The George Hotel. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm show and tickets are £10 and available from the Stroke Comedy Club website, Tudor Row Barber Shop in Lichfield or the Bowling Green Quiz Nights on Sundays and Tuesdays. For more information call 07816 778709 or email tickets@strokecomedy.com.

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