Big Value Comedy Show - Late

Let’s get the obvious joke out of the way first: this show is certainly value for money.

Romesh Ranganathan was our host for the night – a confident and charismatic performer who rallied the audience with some light competitive spirit and quick-witted responses.

Bryan Lacey was our first main performer. His warm, hushed delivery was expressive and held the audience in suspense. This contrasted with his observational comedy, recited with great comic timing, which focused on the ruder side of relationships – a compelling juxtaposition. His gag on the competitive nature of sex was honest and hilarious in equal measure.

Adam Staunton’s height was the starting point for his material, but although he’s small in stature he’s big on laughs. As he confessed, he suffers from a grumpy, middle-aged mentality with little affinity with his own generation. Cynical and sarcastic, “I was in a bit of a bad mood…” could quickly become a catchphrase in his intense yet poised routine.

Last up, Canadian Bobby Mair was a bit of an acquired taste. Reminiscent of a young Seth Rogen in his delivery, nothing is beyond his comic touch. Paedophiles, terrorism, broken families and babies are amongst the subjects touched on in deliciously bad taste. His brash delivery was riddled with dark humour – some were offended, others were fighting tears of laughter.

If you’re in need of some late night amusement, then look no further - these talented young comedians are as big on laughs as they are on value.

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Established as one of the best shows on the Fringe. Four different comedians to the earlier shows. The most exciting of the new talent package shows on the Fringe. 'Top comedy, top value' (List).

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