Although saddled with a compere (Ivor Dembina) possessing all the charisma and pizzazz of a comatose John Cooper Clarke, the show – rather spectacularly – didn’t utterly bomb. Ria Lina’s musical humour electrified the audience with her relaxed yet biting wit. The self-deprecating, blunt sexual comedy of David Lee Nelson dealt with topics ranging from octogenarian drug dealers to Super Mario Brothers, with a charmingly agitated style of delivery. Nelson proved difficult for Tobias Persson to follow; however, Persson’s lengthy digression concerning a “duck Pope” was a refreshing taste of absurdity, comfortably mastered by the Swedish comic. Finally, despite looking like a “physics teacher” James Dowdeswell’s anecdotal tales of Bartholomew, the well-read homeless man, proved a particular success. Free and not too shabby.
Laughing Horse at Espionage, 4 – 28 Aug, times vary, free, fpp107.
tw rating 3/5