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Worst Show On The Fringe (Nigel Lovell / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Monday 5 August 2013

This disappointing showcase’s title did its performers no favours. With each comedian already having received a one star review, the audience’s expectations were nearly non-existent, rendering any laughs a welcome bonus. Yet the show’s premise, and MC Nigel Lovell’s recitation of each act’s past critiques, amplified the silence when jokes fell flat. Every comedian relentlessly repeated the ineffective, unfunny use of audience participation – I ended up knowing more comic facts about my fellow audience members than about any of the performers on stage. Had the showcase focused more on the quality of the material, and less on the comedians’ past painful appraisals, this might have felt more like a comedy show and less like four people almost inadvertently proving the critics right.

Bristo Bar & Kitchen, until 24 Aug, 12.30pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Polly Davidson]