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Mat Ewins: Danger Money (IAM)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2022

Completely ignore Ewins’ ill-advised spoof blurb; he fuses CGI clips, AR and live computer games in the most technically ambitious show I’ve seen this year – and pulls it off (thanks largely to his techie girlfriend; she’s a keeper). Ewins’ dense visual gags speed-run through every technical device you can imagine – literal zoom-out jokes, genuinely unnerving filters, live audience speech-editing, dinosaurs and Bibbles the crap alien. Ewins’ persona is full-on but not bullying. Having accidentally volunteered, at least one of the involving ‘Danger Money’ audience-participation games needs calibrating, and the closest Ewins gets to poignancy is an amusing retrospective of indulgent previous show flyers, but it’s all coherent in effect: a winning formula for an uproarious, futuristic late-night show.

Just The Tonic at The Caves, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Richard Tyrone Jones]