With so much improvised comedy coming to Edinburgh every year, it’s important to create a formula for a show that allows it to stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, Deborah Frances-White’s
An hour of unhinged hilarity.
Frances-White did a sterling job of keeping the show moving along, giving the four guests no reprieve whilst generating more and more absurd twists and turns. Whilst it occasionally felt that her influence over the comics was rather overbearing, this seemed appropriate given the fast-paced nature of the improv, which could easily have spun out of control. With improved acts in particular it can prove detrimental to the comedy when performers have to spend more time devising new material, and Frances-White was well aware of that, constantly giving them more inspiration through her authoritative command over the hour. Marcus Brigstocke was on especially riotous form, introducing himself as the ‘whitest man from Jamaica’, whilst Greg McHugh took a different approach, acting as a slightly sinister doctor from the West Country. The cast did well to react to a variety of heckles from the unruly audience in imaginative style, which made the show even more impressive.
With a different group of comics appearing each night, Voices in Your Head promises something different every night. What you can be sure of, irrespective of the guests, is an hour of unhinged hilarity.