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The Irrational Fears Of Rillettes (Harriet Kemsley / Free Festival)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

With BBC3 appearances and a Brighton Fringe New Act award, Harriet Kemsley is something of a rising star and, as she quips herself, “one to watch (out for)”. A personable comic, she easily gets the room on her side, particularly after slamming down a heckler with true aplomb. Kemsley has a knack of pondering her own punchlines, as though disturbed by the darker thoughts that occasionally slip out, while at the same time looking surprised and delighted when her jokes get a laugh. It’s an endearingly self-conscious style, which only falters when she rushes her delivery and it becomes hard to catch the words. Nerves and performing skills can be honed though, and it’s clear that Harriet Kemsley has potential for many Fringes to come.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Laura Gavin]