Rob Deering's Beat This

When an audience member throws up on stage five minutes into this particular evening of Rob Deering’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks-esque quiz show, it’s difficult to consider how the evening would have panned out on a normal, vomit-free night. As it was, Deering and his comic friends enthralled us and left us crying tears of laughter with his highly entertaining pop quiz.

Deering began by introducing us to the theme tune of the show, which the audience eventually had to sing during the rather long break while the stage floor was hurriedly cleaned, before leading us through four hilarious musically based rounds. Most of them were variations on Name That Tune or Who’s In The Bag, but it wasn’t really the quiz element that was entertaining – when you have four comedians as panellists on a show like this, you’re more likely to laugh at hysterically wrong answers than applaud at precisely correct ones.

The audience were given a chance to be involved as well, whether voluntarily or not. One lady became the ScoreMaster, while a man sat in front of her was labelled Pen Man for his services to pen provision. A young girl bore the embarrassing tag of Messed-Up-The-Theme-Tune-Girl, while the man who was lucky enough to have been sat next to the vomit victim was named Superman because of his corresponding t-shirt. Deering became jokingly riled at the audience whenever they shouted out the answers, but in the end one of the panels was so bad that the audience nearly beat their score, much to our delight.

The atmosphere was a little bit raucous and alcohol-fuelled, which was unnecessary but probably aided the enjoyment of the show and abetted some classic shout-out moments from several rowdy audience members. Deering and friends dealt with such incidents easily and with come riotous comebacks and were clearly very skilled at thinking on their feet.

All-in-all, this is the perfect late night show to attend as a warm up to a small or a big night out – I defy anyone not to laugh once during this show. You will leave grinning as you recall the most memorable hilarities, although no guarantee can be placed upon someone throwing up every night. You could always get your best friend absolutely wasted and see what happens.

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The Blurb

'Employing live music mash-ups, megamixes (not enough of them nowadays) and music trivia, the nimble-fingered Deering pits comedians and the audience against each other' (Comedy Central). New show and top-notch guests every night. Listings - [email protected]

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