Sex toys and forklift trucks: Lovehoney goes to Sex Appeal 6
A full cross-section of Lovehoney staff members were treated to front-row seats at the star-studded Sex Appeal 6 comedy evening in aid of Brook, the young people's sexual wellbeing charity.
Joining Lovehoney co-founder Richard Longhurst at London's Conway Hall on January 21 2017 were 18 lucky representatives of all sectors of the company, from the logistics and warehouse teams to the creative and sales departments.
This is the fifth time that Lovehoney has sponsored the annual fundraising event.
It continues an ongoing relationship with Brook that has also included the provision of some written content for the charity's comprehensive advice website, created by Lovehoney's team of sexual wellbeing experts.
The Lovehoney group enjoyed front-row seats in the buzzing, packed-out hall to be entertained by comedy stars including Ed Byrne, Sindhu Vee, Richard Herring and Al Murray.
Sitting in the front row at a comedy event didn't come without its hazards, of course. Al Murray in his Pub Landlord persona especially relished the chance to probe the warehouse staff about the thrills of moving crates of sex toys around by forklift truck!
Hot topics for the comedians included every aspect of sex imaginable – and even some probably previously unimagined by many of the audience. Canadian-born comedian Mae Martin was first to the stage after show host Richard Herring, and instantly delighted the audience with her account of how her over-enthusiastic, hippy parents had led her to believe an orgasm was "...an explosion of rainbow cascades across the skies."
Meanwhile, mother-of-two Sindhu Vee caused hilarity with her account of the perils of discussing sex with her two young teenagers, plus her tragi-comic description of the result of the total lack of sex and contraception education in India: "In India there is no sex theory or education – you're supposed to just show up one day and wing it. And we're all so talented at it, there are millions of us."
Wrapping up the end of the first half of the show, Ed Byrne riffed on the theme of contraception, concluding to a wave of knowing laughter: ""Withdrawal is the most cinematic form of contraception..."
Introducing the second half of the show, Richard Herring read out some survey results from his research for one of his best-known shows, Talking Cock. The way in which he went through an increasingly incredible-but-true selection of the 8,500 answers he received to the question, "Where have you put your penis for fun?" induced waves of hysterical laughter throughout the captivated audience.
Wrapped up with an acoustic performance of three songs from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the evening was a huge success. Kudos goes to everyone involved including organiser Zoe Margolis, plus volunteer staff from Brook and fellow sponsor Conway Hall.
Many thanks to Helen Self. ♥