Sometimes a room downstairs in a club is where the next big talent will be discovered; sadly this is not the case where Jem Brookes is concerned. A more excruciating hour has rarely been spent by six people (later only four) in a room where there is also alcohol. Brookes is very likeable and chats in a friendly way to his audience but I didn’t once hear anything resembling a punch line pass his lips, only the kind of drunken anecdotes that we sometimes do not put up with from our closest friends. This is a comedian with no sense of what is funny and no comic timing: tragically, a rather endearing woman in the audience cracked more jokes than him.
Laughing Horse at Espionage, 4 – 28 Aug, 4.45pm (5.45pm), free, fpp97.
tw rating 1/5