Sy+

Sy Thomas is the usual host of this show, introducing his friends from the rest of the Fringe as well as doing a section of his own material. However, on the day I attended we were put in the capable hands of Joey Page as MC.

None of the three acts were ground breaking, however it was a nice, mellow hour of comedy and nonsense

The bill is different every day. When I attended the first comedian was Mark Smith. Smith doesn't actually have another show at the Fringe but he was amusing nonetheless. He was likeable and self deprecating, talking about his average name and his other half, keeping it pretty clean.

The second comedian was Luke Benson, who does have a show up. He had a largely similar style to Smith. He too was self-deprecating, talking about his significantly higher than average height and his other half.

The sections that they did were very brief, only really enough to get a quick feel for their style.

Joey Page then went on to do his own brief section. He was the most distinct of the three comedians. Imaginative and eccentric, he steers clear of observational comedy and instead delves into a run down of his nonsense thoughts and ponderings. Made up facts, games of rock paper scissors and gentle mockery of others are just a few hints at his style. He would begin to tell a normal, everyday anecdotal story but then suddenly throw something fanatical or impossible into the mix without a blink, as if it were a completely truthful account of events he had experienced.

None of the three acts were ground breaking, however it was a nice, mellow hour of comedy and nonsense. Shows like this are a good way of finding new comedians to see; just a taster.

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‘Brilliantly entertaining ... a memorable hour’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). After a dazzling 2013 debut, Sy+ is back! Once again Sy Thomas, ‘highly enjoyable’ (Time Out), abuses his friendships with higher-profile comedians to curate a daily-changing bill of the festival’s hottest stand-ups. You might have seen Sy Thomas on the tellybox in Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown; BBC1’s Richard Hammond’s Secret Service; or CBBC’s The Revolting World of Stanley Brown. Or perhaps as one half of award-winning Fringe favourites Life of Si. Now come and meet him (and his funny friends) in real life!