ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Comedy Reviews

Neil By Mouth (Neil Cole)

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

With neon lights, plush leather seats and a soundtrack to match, Cabaret Voltaire’s Speakeasy was the perfect venue for Neil Cole’s slick act, but his routine was perhaps too cool for his audience, who only responded to a fraction of his puns. His best jokes revolved around linguistics; his bit on the etymology of the word “kangaroo” was particularly strong. At random points in the show, Neil shared meanings of the word “flush” from its “disproportionately large pool of definitions”, and some fun facts about robins. This structuring of the show was cheap, gimmicky and ultimately unnecessary, since Neil’s charm was in his kookiness, high energy, and non-sequitur style. The wit was there, but the delivery left something to be desired.

Cabaret Voltaire, 4 – 28 Aug (not 15, 25), 6.15pm (7.15pm), £4.00 – £8.00, fpp125.
tw rating 3/5