Tuesday 23 August 2011 | By Katie Chapman
ED2011 Comedy Review: An Evening In With Henry The Hoover And Friends (Steve Aruni And Henry The Groover / PBH’s Free Fringe)
Some may think that the robotic sounds and censored profanities originating from the modified Henry Hoover, played to the point of aggravation to advertise the show, would discourage people, but surprisingly, audience numbers are substantial. To begin, the compère instigates a word-association game that, with its forced crude evolution, is better suited to a late-night show. Unfortunately, the show’s highlights instead come from guest comedians and, in particular, David Bussell, who presents a PowerPoint of funny videos with charm and comedic skill. Although the headline act of the computer-programmed Henry Hoover – which produces contemptuous quips and moves to music – is a humorous idea, the novelty soon wears off.
Ciao Roma, 6 – 27 Aug, 7.05pm (8.05pm), free, fpp74.
tw rating 2/5