Around 2 weeks ago it was announced that my favourite living stand-up comedian will be in Malta in April. In case you are wondering, yes it is Jimmy Carr. You can imagine my sheer excitement about this news… So much so, due to the fact that I would have never thought he’d step foot on this forsaken island.
Now I wish he didn’t.
Why? You ask.
Because, while the REST OF THE WORLD gets to enjoy a Jimmy Carr show with the below pricing, in Malta the prices start at 50 Euro per seat, which would give you the worse sitting places, and on top of that, the VIP seats (which are front cinema seats so to speak) are sold at 120 Euro each.
Trying to get tickets is a nightmare for various reasons. The company selling the tickets just put up the tickets on sale today, with no advise on time and date these will be made available beforehand (unlike in the UK, where announcements are placed with date and time and instructions on from where you can obtain such tickets). To add insult to injury, I found out the tickets were on sale around 30 minutes after it all started, which resulted in:
- If I were to purchase tickets, the good seats (which I could afford, which were nowhere close to the 120 euro band) were taken
- The website was not accepting my password, throwing random error messages in my face
- The website would not let me reset my password claiming I had multiple accounts tagged to the same email address (which is not my fault really, if the website database sucks so much)
- Registering with another email address took me multiple attempts due to it being to busy, probably the website was set-up on the cheapest server plan available
- Up until an hour ago (4pm), I was still not even able see the seating plan, let alone buy tickets (this was 4 hours after the tickets went on sale).
In conclusion, much to my disappointment, I decided to boycott this initiative as I am not willing to put my hard-earned money onto a seat which would cost me at least twice as much in any other venue overseas.
Next step is to plan my next UK visit wisely and make sure I will de-tour to one of Jimmy Carr’s shows before I visit my boyfriend in Wales. Unless he’d like to join me of course.
Due to my avid fascination and love for this comedian, I did end up going to his shows in 2011 (Stoke-on-Trent), 2012 (Stoke-on-Trent) and 2014 (Stockport) all in the UK. The last time I visited, Jimmy personally asked for a photo with me which I was planning to take to the show to get it signed in April. Guess my mission will be completed later on in the year, although postponed at this very moment.