Alasdair Beckett-King: The Interdimensional ABK

Have you ever been to a comedy show by someone who can travel through dimensions, from one world to another? No, me neither. But this is exactly the premise of Alasdair Beckett-King’s show, The Interdimensional ABK. He is from the A timeline, whereas we are living in the B timeline. The difference is that the arrow of entropy goes the opposite way – here, we are descending into chaos and things are getting worse, while there things just continue to get better. The show starts with an exciting superhero-style trailer that Beckett-King animated himself, which you can watch on his Twitter. The music and song has been stuck in my head ever since.

Beckett-King is incredibly talented and a master of comedic storytelling

The premise of the show is original and provides ample opportunity for jokes about things that are similar but different in the A timeline, for example the names of movies being more politically correct. One recurring theme is that humans (in both timelines, but maybe more so in the B timeline) are fundamentally flawed. He uses visual cues and images to accompany his routine which definitely adds a level of context and further hilarity. The jokes link up well, with repeated references throughout the show in an effortlessly clever way that other comedians can only dream of achieving.

At the end of the show we try to go back to the A timeline with Beckett-King and end up cycling through timelines K back to C, all of which have different features – including one that is overrun with robots exclusively from Yorkshire and another where dinosaurs are still alive. The show ends with a poignant message to make your world better, since although it is descending into chaos we can all do little things to make things better for ourselves. Beckett-King is incredibly talented and a master of comedic storytelling, and The Interdimensional ABK was a joy to watch.

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The award-winning Alasdair Beckett-King returns to this timeline with a dimension-hopping stand-up comedy show. Is a better world possible? Yes! It already exists, but you don’t live there. ABK makes the best of a bad timeline in this ramshackle jaunt through a multiverse of wonders. Also, Winston Churchill performs the best of Queen. 'A singular and truly distinct act, Alasdair Beckett-King creates his own multi-faceted world' **** (Scotsman). 'Alasdair Beckett-King is a nice man' ***** (EdFestMag). 'This is a comedy show' **** (One4Review). **** (Fest) **** (Voice) **** (Three Weeks).

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