Off The Kerb Roadshow
Venue Pleasance Cavern - tickets from Pleasance Courtyard (33)
Address 60 The Pleasance
With four decent comedians on one bill - all doing substantial
routines - The Off the Kerb Roadshow is excellent value for
money. It's mostly the sort of stand-up you can find at any comedy
club, but done to an above average standard. There's nothing
groundbreaking here, but it's a nice way to end an evening.
Laid back on what he likes to call "alcohol", Jason 'Jay' John
Whitehead makes a most amiable compere. A lot of stand-up
comedians will pick on audience members (which is why the front row at
a comedy gig is reserved for extroverts). Jay is a welcome contrast to
this. He involves the audience - but makes them feel at home. The
result is that unlike most of the late night comedy around, Off the
Kerb is a relaxed show.
Shappi Khorsandi didn't quite connect with the audience on the
night we saw. However there was good material in her act, and I expect
that it will improve dramatically once she's settled in
Mark Felgate is an uncannily good ventriloquist, and the best
act here. He describes himself as the product of secret genetic
experiments involving Chris Evans, Eric Morecambe and Janet Street
Porter. So I am unsure as to where he got his hilarious talents
Angie McEvoy is perhaps the weakest link here. Even so she has
a plesantly entertaining routine, is probably better given a livelier
crowd, and would probably go down a storm with a hen party.
Runs 1-27 Aug (not 6th) at 11pm (12:30). Tickets
7-9, 12-16, 19-23 Aug: £8 (£7),
10-11, 17-18, 24-27 Aug: £9 (£8).
© Daniel Winterstein, 5th August 2001