Toby Foster will be minding his language again next week when he takes the Last Laugh to church.
Yorkshire’s longest running comedy club has been invited to take part in Sheffield Cathedral’s Music and Arts festival which is something new even for an enterprise which is regularly spreading out from its base at the Memorial Hall to perform at different venues around the region.
The question on everybody’s lips is, of course, the thorny issue of the kind of Anglo Saxon language that is the norm in comedy clubs. That doesn’t seem to be a concern for Foster. “Look, comedians are the same as everybody else,” he says. “They don’t swear in front of their nans, and they don’t swear in church. It’ll be a brilliant evening, and will disprove the myth that modern comedians need to swear to be funny.’’
He will be compering a bill featuring Jamie Sutherland, Jo Enright and Steve Royle on Wednesday and can’t resist promising to have them rolling in the aisles.
“It’s so different for us to be working in the Cathedral, and such an honour,” he says. “It’s the most stunning building in Sheffield, and that does bring with it some challenges with its high ceilings and stained glass windows, but we’re confident that we can bring a Last Laugh atmosphere to the evening”.