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Comedy in a ski boot shop
Tuesday November 22, 2011 - Email this article to a friend

Rufus Hound and Mark Doody had the audience in stitches in amongst the buckles, footbeds, inner liners and outer shells. It was apparently the first time comedy has been held in a sports shoe shop.

Profeet in London held the evening of comedy in conjunction with the Momentum Ski Festival that is being held in Crans Montana next March.

It was billed as " Laugh Your Boots Off!" and we did.

There will be a host of comedians in the Alps for the event in Crans-Montana so the organisers thought they would whet people's appetite with some of the entertainment that will be on offer in the Swiss resort.

At the Momentum Ski Festival there will also be ski racing, product testing, race coaching, DJs and clubbing. But all that that couldn't quite be squeezed into the shop in Fulham, West London so they went for comedians instead.

Also hand were a team from Putney Chiropractic and The Warren Smith Ski Academy. Warren himself was there too. All in all it was one of the more bizarre locations for an evening of comedy.

The comedians made the most of it.

The stage was likened to a small step.

Rufus Hound demonstrated his trademark sharp wit as he asked several people what they did and then took the piss - it wasn't hard as they were bankers, PR people, a consultant in sales and other vague jobs. It was Fulham after all. The girl who worked in Ski PR was an easy target.

Mark Doody had the crowd clutching their sides, and lower back, as he described the alcohol abuse the British put themselves through in The Alps.

He told us about the sign at Grenoble airport he observed last time he was passing through.

"Please do not drink alcohol inside the terminal building," it read.

There was no corresponding sign in French.

The name Crans Montana was likened to a nasty internal disease of the sexual organs.

You get the picture........

Rufus Hound on the stepRufus Hound on the step














The Momentum Ski Festival has its inaugural year in Crans-Montana this coming season and has developed on from the City Ski Championships that have been held in Courmayeur for the past dozen or so years.

It is mix of city firms and sporting celebrities such as Damon Hill, Colin Jackson and Graham Bell

It is run by Momentum Ski.

Amin MomenAmin Momen"We have re-aligned the event and as well as the racing we have gone for better entertainments and apres ski with live music and comedy. We want the festival to be everything the others aren't," said Amin Momen, the director and founder of Momentum Travel.

Crans-Montana is a favourite resort of ours here at PlanetSKI and we have been to the Caprices Festival in the past and saw Iggy Pop shocking the crowds

It is a resort we often head to from our nearby base resort of Verbier when we want a day elsewhere.

Although the exchange rate with Switzerland is far from ideal the cost of a package for the festival is the same as last year in Italy - £595.

It takes place 15th - 18th March 2012 and we hope to be there for it. For further details see here.

The venues for the comedy events have not been finalised and who knows one may even be in a ski boot shop again.

It certainly worked at Profeet.

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