Age seemed immaterial. The Globetrotters began by inviting five pre-teens on court for a game of lighthearted musical chairs.
Later on it was the turn of three adults to face mirth and humiliation by way of a dance off.
Two opted out and one gave the briefest of shimmeys - it did't matter, the Globetrotters kept the laughs coming.
Then it was tip off and the night's opposition, the Washington Generals
, kept a low profile while the Globetrotters imparted their mastery by way of an exhibition
of seemingly impossible tricks and eye-defying passing.
Regular comedic/interactive timeouts kept the younger members of the audience engaged, and the interval brought about a mad scramble to the merchandise table.
Founded back in the 1920s, the Globetrotters first came to real worldwide prominence in the 1970s.
In the team's peak years, they had their very own animated TV series that made the likes of Curly, Tex, Geese and Meadowlark Lemon household names.
Star of this year's show - recommendation by nine-year old, Jackson Cobley - was 5-foot-3-inch Torch George, who, only last year, became the first of the team's female stars to own her own Guinness World Record title.
In celebration of Guinness' annual World Record Day, Torch set the official record for most basketball under the leg tumbles in one minute (female), with 32.
Owing to my plus one not feeling well I missed the second half of the show. All the more reason for a return visit next time The Harlem Globetrotters visit Brighton.