Bubble Schmeisis

Bubble Schmeisis

It's hard to imagine a more appropriate venue than the Demonstration Room at Summerhall for Nick Cassenbaum's coming of age tale. Part lecture theatre, part morgue, its spartan walls, patchy concrete floor and echo-chamber acoustics double perfectly for The Schvitz, the Canning Town steam rooms where, after serving the appropriate familial apprenticeship, the young Nick is inducted by the alta kakas (old Jewish men)... 

Steen Raskopoulos – You Know the Drill

Steen Raskopoulos – You Know the Drill

While acknowledging his immense talent, some reviewers have accused Steen Raskopoulos of going through the motions, trotting out the same tired routines he's been spinning for years... 

Tom Walker: Beep Boop

Tom Walker: Beep Boop

The incoming audience is met by a tall man resplendent in shorts, M&S shirt buttoned to the collar and white joke shop beard. It does not augur well. But as he greets and directs us with a range of subtle gestures and facial expressions, we know we are in safe hands... 

Jess Robinson: Impressive

Jess Robinson: Impressive

I should declare an interest here. I was a professional impressionist for twenty years (Dead Ringers, series 1 – they didn't invite me back for the next fifteen) who understands that every impressionist has ten bankers, twenty pretty accurate soundalikes and a plethora of cartoon voices that live or die by the chutzpah and belief with which they are imbued...