By hook or by crook — gong show-style night beckons

WAY back in the late 70s/early 80s a strip club in Soho hosted a talent night once a week where young performers would try out their comedy acts.

If they were no good, the audience would let them know and they would be gonged off.

From this came comedy greats such as Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson.

Glasgow’s version in the early 80s was the starting point for Jerry Sadowitz, Alan Cumming and Craig Ferguson.

These evenings were used as a good barometer of what audiences like and don’t like and it strengthened the comediens’ acts as a result.

Now, city centre pub Vespbar is reviving the tradition with their very own Gong Show on Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

The first half of the evening is taken up with experienced acts performing open spots.

However, the second half sees a series of acts trying to beat the gong as the audience mercilessly votes off those they don’t like.

The lucky few who manage to last for five minutes have the chance to win the £100 cash prize.

The evening is free and Vespbar is at 14 Drury Lane (between Renfield Street and West Nile Street).