Gagging for Attention

There are various ways you can sell your comedy show in the Fringe programme. You can list your appearances on BBC Three or quote past reviews. Or, as the DMU Footlights have done, you can point out that the price of a ticket for your show (£3) is less than the cost of a pint.

This is an unpretentious little show. Four student comedians plus a compere each perform a stand-up routine of about ten minutes. There’s a broad linking theme of social awkwardness but each comedian seems pretty free to go off in their own direction. This could be a recipe for flabbiness but beneath a slightly bumbling surface there is a surprisingly tight and funny show.

Much of the credit for that must go to the compere, Matt Holmes. With a nice line in self-deprecating humour he radiated amiability. He was quick on his feet too, bantering with two New Zealanders in the audience. Although he described himself as looking like Hugh Grant after a stroke, his strong audience rapport and light intelligent wit put me in mind of a young Dara O’Briain.

The comedy here isn’t pushing any boundaries. A lot of easy and slightly hackneyed subjects were covered by the comedians: racists on Facebook, the creepiness of the Build-A-Bear Workshops, sexual health at university. In one of the weaker sets a joke about not being gay was uncomfortably long. In the main though the comedians poked fun with a light touch and the audience very much on their side. This is the sort of show to which you could bring a broad-minded grandmother. True, there’s the odd masturbation joke but, as Ben Hustwayte ably demonstrated in a brilliant routine about working as a bin man, this is friendly comedy.

Holmes urged the audience to tell their friends about the show because “tomorrow it might be really good”. He does the show down; it’s really good today. The lineup changes every day but if the future comedians keep to the same standards then this is a show to see, and for less than the cost of a pint.

Reviews by Charlotte Kelly

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now


The Blurb

You want five comedians for just £3 you say? And a different line up each day? Oh ... go on then! Here are five hilarious, up and coming comic talents for just £3. That's less than a pint!

Most Popular See More

The Phantom of the Opera

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

From £32.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Grease the Musical

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Back to the Future - The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Mousetrap

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets