Isla Dogs: Down the Dogs

What do you say about a show where the second guest comedian blatantly ignores the host and then walks out of the show after his set?.

It came across as a massively unprepared set with Isla at times having to explain jokes in a condescending manner to audience members.

Isla Dogs seems to be a drag act without any rhyme or reason for being a drag act. Her material was made up of one liners with imaginary punchlines and seemingly clopping backwards and forwards across the stage in high heels that actually made the viewer feel a little sea sick. One expects a drag act to be witty, fun, glitzy with constant back and forth between the audience and the performer. It came across as a massively unprepared set with Isla at times having to explain jokes in a condescending manner to audience members. If you have to explain it, it’s just not a very good joke.

After a brief bit of MCing we were introduced to three different comedians. The first wasn’t doing a show in Edinburgh so seemed a bit of a strange introduction especially with his content which predominantly revolved around cancer jokes.

The second comedian, Rick Kiesewetter, was of genuine class and was the saving grace of the night. He performed his set with comic glean and played on his absolute ‘don’t give a shit’ attitude, ignoring Isla’s attempts at getting him offstage until he had done his whole bit and had interacted with the audience. It was a brilliant piece of comedy and taught Isla a lesson or two about how to tell a joke. The fact he walked out only enhanced my admiration of him and will definitely be seeing his show.

Finally, after Isla performed a few jokes, riding in Kiesewetter’s wave unsuccessfully, we had Kitten Killers; a four woman sketch show. They were mildly entertaining with some fun sketches, including a fun sung parody of Thriller called Jizz Walk. But at that point this writer just wanted to leave.

Reviews by Christopher Spring

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Be captivated by the ravishingly debaucherous drag host Ms Isla Dogs who orchestrates Edinburgh’s freshest frolic through comedy in the heart of the Free Fringe. Isla’s filled-to-bursting one hour show will whet your stand-up appetite and leave you invigorated with all the energy of this inspiring host. When it comes to Isla you’ll never see the same show twice, expect anything! Featuring a beautiful array of special guests.

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