Long on Humour and Helping Haiti; Review Josie Long, Henry Widdicombe & Maeve Higgins Penpont Country House, near Brecon

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TUCKED away just outside Brecon on the A40 is the hamlet of Penpont - not your typical venue for seeing one of the UK's most exciting new female comedians.

The idea for the gig, which is part of a mini Welsh tour, came from South Walesbased stand-up comedian and promoter Henry Widdicombe.

The whole village had turned out to see the show and raise some money for Haiti in the process.

We were first entertained by Maeve Higgins whose charming and self-deprecating style marks her out as one to watch for the future.

Reeling off anecdotes about growing up in Ireland, her thick Irish accent made for some hilarious mis-translations.

Promoter Widdicombe then took to the stage for a quick-fire set, including my favourite skit of the night in which he analysed the relaxation claims on the back of the bottle made by a certain bath lotion brand and then compared them to other relaxants such as hot milk.

Widdicombe's irreverent style was excellent and he deserves a longer set.

Headliner Josie Long took to the stage for the final jaunt. …