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Hummus: After Dark (George Belcher / Free Festival)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2022

At one point, Belcher asks the tucked-away ‘Wee Room’ how long we’d stay through politeness without him doing any material. This is a metaphor for the show because our likeable, inclusive, high-energy host’s impressionistic, mostly-observational routines and songs can’t yet fill 45 minutes. Budding free show comics at Belcher’s stage instead deserve active curation into suitable double-headers, providing flyering, emotional and rewriting support. Inaccurately described as surreal and weird, Belcher nevertheless often delivers smart lines, picturing ‘Meta’ as a mate desperately trying to give themselves a new nickname, and ends with controversial, yet considered, interactive disability/relative privilege charting. Concluding ‘Might aim for discomfort from now on…’ please do, George, playing to your strengths will bring your new friends with you!

Laughing Horse at The Three Sisters, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Richard Tyrone Jones]