ED2015 4/5 Reviews ED2015 Comedy Reviews

Stand Up & Slam! – Free (Chatback Comedy / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Saturday 29 August 2015

Stand Up and Slam

Comedy or poetry: which one’s better? That’s the question to be answered in this show, where stand-ups and poets are pitched against one another, “like ‘8 Mile’ had been set in Waitrose”. Team Comedy’s Rich Wilson and Team Poetry’s Dan Simpson did their best to excite a lukewarm crowd, before introducing the guests (a changing line-up every night, though the white, male performers did point out the lack of diversity on the stage). The genres were cleverly interwoven, as poet Steve Larkin took the piss out of overly-sincere poets, while comedian James Bran was a real highlight, doing all of his jokes in haiku form. This is a great show, showcasing some real talent.

Cowgatehead, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5