Jake Lambert and Dom Lister

Jake and Dom are two cheeky, young comics who take half an hour each in this free stand-up show. You get the impression that they want to be your friend and are pretty endearing in the process. They are well suited to each other and share a jovial, impish humour.

The audience were being exceptionally unresponsive and disinclined to get involved at this performance and, although that shouldn't reflect on the quality of the show, it clearly unnerved both comics

Lister started the show off with a smiley bounce onto stage and an energy that couldn't keep still. His material is slick and well connected, and he connects with the audience using nostalgic references to childhood quirks like TCP. He's very interactive and there is an extended introduction to the show when he tries to meet the audience who, unfortunately, didn't want to get involved on this occasion. Unfortunately, he ran out of steam when that happened and proved very distracted by the casual midday audience, but he was committed, keen and entertaining.

Lambert was a welcome burst of energy when he followed afterwards, with a calmer and drier humour compared to Dom. His wordplay was clever and well constructed, and he kept up an enthusiastic gabble of snappy one-liners. He was considerate enough to warn us that he had some edgier jokes towards the end of his set that might alienate the audience but it might not have been the best choice to do so, as when he performed this material anyway, he proved completely accurate in his forecast. This forced the end of the show to be an awkward attempt to win us back, which was only half successful.

I definitely get the feeling that the audience were being exceptionally unresponsive and disinclined to get involved at this performance and, although that shouldn't reflect on the quality of the show, it clearly unnerved both comics and they appeared shaken and unsure by it. The material is funny and both comedians have the stage charisma to have futures in stand up, although I feel that they need more experience to mature to their full potential.

Reviews by Cara Ballingall

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Dom Lister (RCF Winner), ‘Hilarious’ (Reading Post) and Jake Lambert, as heard on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4, ‘Destined for big things’ (Laughing Badger), perform 30 minutes of stand-up comedy each.