Whether this comedy compilation is a success or not depends entirely on which comedians are available to perform. It could be a five star night that leaves your stomach aching from laughteror it could be utter pants. Thankfully, there’s a lot of good quality comedy at the Fringe so it’s unlikely to be a terrible show!
Perkins herself also performs small skits in between performances, ensuring that we never get bored and building a strong rapport with the audience.
Robyn Perkins is the compere for this showcase performance, introducing an overwhelming number of male comedians. Whilst the line-up is entirely down to who is available to perform, it would have made a nice change to see more female comics in the compilation. Despite this, the audience enjoys the show, laughing out loud for some performers and politely chuckling for others. Overall, it’s a comfortable hour of comedy that doesn’t push anyone too far out of their comfort zone.
A personal highlight is Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola, whose act is brilliantly put together and easily outdoes the others in the laughter stakes. The programme also features Joe Baines, Sid Singh, Ian Miller, Jay Islam and headline act Jason Patterson. Perkins herself also performs small skits in between performances, ensuring that we never get bored and building a strong rapport with the audience.
This isn’t an especially memorable night, but it’s a lovely way of introducing yourself to a wide variety of comedians at the Fringe alongside an encouraging audience who genuinely want the performers to do well.