Saturday 11 August 2012 | By Jessamine McHugh
ED2012 Comedy Review: The Thinking Drinkers Guide To Alcohol (Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland / The Assembly Rooms)
Drink less but drink better is the motto of this charming twosome, as they lead us through the sozzled history of the world. Beginning with the Sumerians and progressing to the modern day, they mix interesting factoids with jokes a plenty, shaken up with some rather dashing costume changes. The audience participation is snappy and not laboured, creating hilarity without engendering constant fear in the audience, perhaps even provoking a little jealousy, as prizes are awarded to those who brave the stage. At times the show’s ambitious scope means it doesn’t run quite as smoothly as one might hope, but this is overridden by the audience’s burgeoning love for the duo, which is only partially related to the six free drinks distributed throughout the show.
The Assembly Rooms, 2-26 Aug (not 13), times vary.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jessamine McHugh]