Andrew O’Neill’s Black Magick Fun Hour

By Colin Flaherty A mysterious sombre figure walks through the room, with incense smouldering, reciting an incantation to the Greek God Hermes. As he enters the light of the stage and puts down his accoutrements (as some confused punters quickly depart) he is revealed to be comedian Andrew O’Neill....

Jollyboat – Pirates of the Karaoke

By Colin Flaherty Jollyboat (brothers Ed and Tommy) have been kicking around the UK scene since 2010 with their musical comedy. Pirates of the Karaoke is a compilation show comprised of a set chosen by their fans (The Jollyboat Crew), making this the perfect introduction to the duo. Starting...

Jayde Adams is Jayded

By Lisa Clark Jayde Adams enters the space dressed like a vaudeville hobo with a battered old fashioned suitcase. Silently she produces a box of chocolates and has some fun eliciting laughs from the audience without speaking a word. Mime, one of the many unexpected talents that Jayde unveils...

Jenny Collier – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Jen

By Colin Flaherty > Despite the advertising DO NOT go into this show expecting material about JK Rowling’s universe. Definitely DO NOT bring along the kiddies as she had exactly one joke referencing Harry Potter and it is quite filthy. Instead what we got was self deprecating stand up...

Tom Allen: Absolutely

By Lisa Clark  In the past I’ve enjoyed Tom Allen as part of a group show and as a guest on The Great British Bakeoff an Extra Slice, so I thought I must check out one of his full festival shows. It was very much as I’d expected; very...

Sarah Bennetto – All My Life’s Mistakes, Catalogued (Volume One)

By Colin Flaherty This show is exactly what it says on the tin – Sarah Bennetto presents us with a list of mistakes that she has made, telling the story behind each or making a short joke. While they seem to be ranked according to the importance she gives...

Big Howard Little Howard – Man and Boy

By Colin Flaherty Big Howard and Little Howard have been performing primarily to children over the past decade and in this “adult” show they attempt to present a sophisticated piece about being a better person. Naturally Big Howard Read’s efforts are railroaded by Little Howard’s hilarious naivety and manager...

Angela Barnes – Fortitude

By Ron Bingham Angela’s stand-up show this year examines the good and bad points about turning forty, while discussing the merits of disused nuclear fall-out shelters in the UK and the Cold War. These are a lot more entertaining  and relevant subjects than you would think as, with the election...

Shappi Khorsandi – Mistress and Misfit

By Lisa Clark I’ve been a fan of Shappi’s since seeing her in Melbourne and reading her autobiography and went along knowing nothing about the subject matter of this show. It was certainly different from previous outings, being based around a glamorous, historical figure other than herself, but also...

Next Best Thing – How to Be Good at Everything

By Ron Bingham The kindest summary I can make of this show is “disappointing.” Katie Davison and Jay Bennett are young, attractive and full of energy, but the show has very little in the way of actual material. It mostly consisted of dragging people out of the audience to...