Comedy night, a huge success

The area’s newest rotary club, The Rotary E-Club of District 1070 held its first major event last Friday. Months in the planning, the club attracted over 135 guests to a sell-out comedy night held at the home of British Racing. The event was the brain child of new Rotarian, Iain Borner but the organisation and delivery of the event was a real team effort. 

“As a club we wanted to hit the ground running and host a quality night that would attract not only other Rotarians but people who, generally would not attend a typical Rotary event. We want to break the mould with Rotary and start attracting newer and younger members and ultimately bring a fresh approach to the events we run and the way we do things”. Mentioned Borner following the event. He followed by saying. “I believe tonight, we have done just that, the event was a complete sell out with 87% of the guests, non Rotarians. This, in our eyes is a massive step in our mission of changing the perception many people have of Rotary as an organisation”. 

The event itself was in aid of Sailability. RYA Sailability is the national organising charity for disabled sailing. Its mission is to promote and co-ordinate active participation by people with disabilities in the sailing community. It is a national organisation and membership is open to anyone who shares its aims. RYA Sailability has forged a new and innovative programme which will have a significant impact on the sport of sailing.

Northampton Sailability offers facilities for disabled people to enjoy a wide variety of sailing activities, ranging from joy-rides around Pitsford reservoir to teaching to Royal Yachting Association (RYA) standards in dinghy and keelboat sailing.

With the events guests arriving at around 19.00 they were welcomed to the British Racing Drivers Clubhouse by the club’s projects committee and club President Steve Howe. The guests were treated to a “Fantastic” meal catered by the BRDC themselves headed by the BRDC Club Steward, Alex Graham. The food was a Feather blade of Beef Bourguignon and seasonal vegetables, finished off with a superb apple pie. 

 Once the plates were clear, the lights were dimmed and the comedy show could begin. The compare for the evening was Birmingham based Ryan Gough from Hilarious Comedy. He did an excellent job across the course of the night entertaining the crowd, keeping them wanting more and getting the laughs rolling. The first of the nights four comedians was Scott Bennett, a Yorkshireman who certainly wasn’t used to being at a charity do! 

Scott Bennett

Scott Bennett

The middle two acts were two excellent comedians, Stephen Dodd and London’s very own, Hyde Panesar, who each did around 20 minutes on stage and kept the laughs rolling in across the evening. 

 Finally, headlining the event was Nathan Caton. Nathan Caton's charismatic and laid-back style of stand up has seen him quickly establish himself on the comedy circuit. Nathan is highly regarded as one of the most talented young comics in the UK, Nathan's style and combination of personal and topical anecdotes has resulted in appearing on BBC2's Mock The Week, BBC3's Russell Howard's Good News, BBC Radio 4's Now Show, News Quiz and his BBC Radio 4 sitcom Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing' His appearance at the BRDC tonight was no different... laid-back, on-the-nose material, chopping down fools, both in day-to-day life and in the media' 

Nathan Caton

Nathan Caton

The event was a great success and the club are pleased to announce they have made in excess of £2,000 for their chosen charity Sailability and look forward to raising even more money in the future. The final total for the evening was £2,288.91.

Needless to say, Nathan Caton, along with all the other guest comics were a grade A hit. We cannot wait for the next event run by this new and exciting club. 

If you are interested in joining the Rotary club. They meet on a Thursday evening online, hence the ‘e’-club! Please register your interest with the Club President, Steve Howe by emailing and the whole club will look forward to welcoming you.