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Austerity Pleasures (Funny For No Money Presents…)

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

With a political pun as its title, you get what you expect with ‘Austerity Pleasures’. Ben Morgan, with his colloquial patter and laid-back attitude toward mistakes, quickly had the audience on his side. Mixing highbrow political issues with sillier topics and clever wordplay made his material enjoyable and accessible for everyone (except, perhaps, the Americans in the room). Alex Chapman, meanwhile, offered up his material with a deadpan delivery and a more serious take on political affairs; it was such a contrast from Morgan’s affable disposition and fast-paced routine, that it mellowed the performance’s energy. Chapman’s dry humour was appealing but didn’t quite work because of the antithetical styles of the two stand-ups. Despite this, ‘Austerity Pleasures’ is definitely worth seeing.

Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, until 24 Aug (not 4, 11, 18), 1.15pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Victoria Beardwood]