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Comedy & Cupcakes (Laura Hayden)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Any production offering novelties like cupcakes to audience members immediately raises suspicion – and a critical eyebrow. But with a mouthful of icing and a good-natured verbal assault from our host, it all made sense. Returning to the fringe for a third time, Laura Hayden knows exactly what she’sdoing: the cupcakes don’t replace comic substance, they’re just a cheeky trick to fill the yurt with potential laughers. Hayden doesn’t plead for co-operation like a school talent-show compère, but does permit the audience refusal to laugh at the daily curated collection – even more of a treat than free cupcakes. Throwing together a dynamic and diverse melange of comedians, Hayden is not only a riotous compère but understands how to create an atmosphere that oozes mirth.

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, until 25 Aug, 5.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Kate Pasola]