The Soho Comedy Club provided a real mix at their unashamedly late night show. We were treated with stand-up from hip G-Daddy Jules Constant, Christian Schulte-Loh, Cool Canadian Vince Flouke and political activist Alan Francis.
Attempting to combine some of the best acts of the Fringe, Constant set off the show well with his party-hard parenting advice and descriptions of the paralytic drunks all free fringe comedians really are. His hyperactive character injected this late night show with the energy it needed. He was followed by the incredibly entertaining Schulte-Loh who used his giant stature to reduce us all into laughing heaps with his tongue-in-cheek style. Explaining that everyone should go to America because of its great reviews (look at the stars on the flag and you’ll understand) he certainly scored highly with his funny, if not wholly original, set.
Having set the bar a little too high, the evening went downhill as Vince Flouke’s technical problems, at first funny, distracted from his act and left most of his jokes falling flat. Alan Francis took serious too far with his odd choices of subjects and a political rant which was less funny than angry. However, that is the risk you take when heading to one of these showcase shows. You won’t always get rip-roaring comedy, but you’ll be bound to have a laugh.