Preview: Ross Sutherland’s ‘Comedian Dies in the Middle of a Joke’

Scottish comedian Ross Sutherland is bringing a unique take on stand-up to Bethnal Green in his Comedian Dies in the Middle of a Joke show.

Centring on the question of ‘can you die with some dignity’, Mr Sutherland recreates the infamous night in 1983 when comedian Joe “Pops” Pooley was shot dead on stage at a North London comedy club.

This take on the event sees the audience and comic recreate the last five minutes of Pops’ life, in a venue decked out with props and scripts.

Audience members are assigned to tables, each of which has set roles and instructions - with the last five minutes recreated numerous times as the crowd shifts seats to make different contributions and try their hands at new scripts.

The unique structure of the show means no two nights are the same – with each set reflecting the personality of its audience.

For those less inclined to get involved, quiet tables are available where they will be able to avoid contributions.

The show will be on at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Pollard Row, on March 6, 20, April 6 and April 17, from 8pm. Tickets £5 advance / £7 on the door.