Several festivals ago, a chance conversation in the Bedlam Theatre cafe about £2 coins set Phil Mann off down a path of comedic research, putting together mini-lectures on random subjects, with some well-timed jokes of varying quality thrown in for good measure. Every audience suggests new topics and the next crowd gets to hear his findings. Incredibly knowledgeable and charmingly inquisitive, within one show he discussed alternative medicine, woodchucks and Rolf Harris conspiracy theories, though his enthusiasm meant that he could veer alarmingly from normal delivery to manic shouting without any kind of payoff. That said, even if certain bits don’t leave you rolling in the aisles, you will at least come away feeling like you’ve learnt something.
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 2-26 Aug, 5.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Holly Close]