Reader Mark Doyle sent in the following report from Mick Foley’s UK/Ireland standup comedy show. He also took several great pictures at the show, which are available in a link at the end of the report:
The first date of the UK/Ireland leg of Mick Foley’s debut stand-up comedy tour took place on Thursday the 3rd of November in Cyprus Avenue in Cork, Ireland. I attended the first of two performances, one beginning at 8pm and the second at 11pm.
I arrived at the venue by myself little over an hour in advance. I had travelled alone, but knew people attending the show and planned to meet them there. As there appeared to be no sign of any of them when I got there, I took a seat in the pub that hosts Cyprus Avenue and helped myself to a couple of pre-show drinks.
I joined the queue about fifteen minutes before doors opened, finding people I knew and hopping in with them (apologies to the dozens of people I skipped in line, but I really didn’t fancy going into a comedy show alone!). As the venue is usually occupied by small live music performances, we were expecting a fully standing show. It turned out that there were five rows of stools placed in front of the stage with a large standing area behind. We took the closest seats available, fourth row centre.
At about 8:40pm, a support act was announced. I was initially apprehensive of there being a warm-up comedian; I was impatient and just wanted to see the Hardcore Legend. This man quickly won me over, however. I regrettably forget his surname and just remember him as Ashley from Virginia. Being an American who had lived in Cork for the past two years helped him greatly. He had a strong accent, yet was familiar with all the local place names and lingo. He flew through his half-hour performance and warmed the crowd up nicely for the main event.
During a brief break, after songs such as “Cult of Personality” and “Metalingus” (complete with Edge’s “You think you know me” intro) played over the P.A., it was time for Foley to take the stage. The Mickster arrived to his traditional WWE entrance theme, using this as the focal point for his opening joke (which I won’t spoil for anyone who may be attending a show of his). Like the support act, Foley’s set felt much shorter than it was, even with Mick running past the agreed time limit. The show clocked in at roughly 90 minutes and featured anecdotes about his last visit to Ireland, Vince McMahon, Undertaker, Jimmy Snuka and (of course) Al Snow, amongst many others. While there were a few non-wrestling related personal stories and jokes thrown in, the bulk of his set was based on wrestling references. As a wrestling fan, I found the show thoroughly enjoyable, although I did wonder if anyone who just came for the comedy felt a little bit left out. Shockingly enough, there were a handful of non-wrestling fans in attendance – maybe half a dozen, by a show of hands. Unsurprisingly, they mostly appeared to be girlfriends/wives/partners dragged along by their respective significant others.
When the show was over, it was time for those of us who purchased VIP tickets to meet the man himself. I’ve only attended a handful of meet-and-greets myself, but this was far and away the most efficiently organised. We descended the staircase out of the venue onto the street and were ushered into a door leading to a private function room of the pub I mentioned earlier. In this room was a merchandise stall, with Mick already seated behind it, ready to give autographs and get photos taken. As part of the VIP package, each attendee received a free 8×10 signed there and then, an autograph on any items purchased at the table, and one personal item signed too. I opted to get my “Mick Foley’s Greatest Hits and Misses” DVD slip signed; one member of our party ingeniously got Mick to sign a white sock for him.
I figured that Mick would be inundated with questions about the RAW General Manager position throughout the tour, so rather than ask him about him, I simply requested that if he is returning, to do so as soon as possible, just to get the awful John Laurinaitis off my TV screen. Neither confirming nor denying anything, Mick simply told me that he’d bear it in mind.
Although I understand the rest of this tour is almost, if not entirely sold out by now, there have been rumblings on Twitter and Facebook of a return in 2012. If anyone reading this has the chance to go see him in the future, I highly recommend you do so. If anyone reading this is going to see him over the coming weeks, I’m sure you’ll have a blast like I did!