As I’m sure many of us remember, the Bonding wasn’t just a venue for music. Under the arched brick ceilings, by the iron pillars, we gathered around tables to watch many comedians whose names are now familiar.
In what I think is the last of this collection of pages on the Bonding Warehouse (‘Bonding Warehouse Week’ I should perhaps have called it), a few reminders of how the Bonding hosted comedy as well as music, thanks to Mike Bennett’s Comedy Shack.
I remember in particular: Jo Brand, Mark Thomas, and Jeremy Hardy. Here in York’s own Bonding Warehouse.
The Yorkshire Evening Press ‘Preview’ in November 1993 reported the imminent end of the Comedy Shack, a brave and and memorable venture, and one of the things making that building – the Bonding (as we called it) – ours, in that time.
Those of us who were lucky enough to be there might remember, as AJH did in a recent comment, ‘trying not to go to the loo during a performance for fear of being humiliated by an eagle eyed comedian’.
There are no doubt many copies of the Comedy Shack leaflets/posters in boxes in houses in York. But as far as I know there were only a couple of posters signed at the Bonding Warehouse by Jeremy Hardy. And one of them is mine.
And this one had a declaration of love.
The cad … disappeared off back Down South and I’ve never seen him since.
Some more reminders of this time: