A stand-up double header which developed clearly into a tale of two halves as the set wore on. 21-year-old Matt Richardson chatted with the audience during his 20 minutes with a casual and justified confidence beyond his years. His relatable material might have suffered from some teething problems, but with some editing and an increase in his slight cockiness, his 2013 debut solo show should be one for the diary. Angela Barnes’ follow-up did not show the same bright promise, as she plodded through her slightly lacklustre set. Her material (single 30-something) has been covered with more verve elsewhere, and her weak moments outweighed her stronger ones. Due to his slicker and funnier delivery, Matt Richardson certainly shone as the one to watch.
Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 2-26 Aug (not 15), 2.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Sarah Macartney]