“Sometimes this show has a semblance of a format, today it’s just four comedians telling silly stories,” admits Jim Smallman. I’m alright with that. The amiable Smallman and his three friends Nick Page, Joanna Sutherland and Jessica Fostekew sit around bantering between themselves and with the audience. Ostensibly they’re solving problems, but really they’re just making us and themselves laugh, like an hour of an unscripted TV panel show. Of course there are stories that don’t pay off, but when the performers are obviously enjoying themselves and the hit rate is so high, it’s easy to shrug off the odd weak gag. An enjoyable hour of banter, just remember to think up some real problems in case they actually stick to the format!
Just The Tonic at The Tron, 2-26 Aug (not 14), 1.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Bell]