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Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan: The Family Guy

Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan: The Family Guy
 13:15 Sneaky Pete (Venue 437) 4-12th Aug
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating –  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This warm and welcoming show is conversational in tone and well written, dealing with some very sentive issues delicately in some parts and no so delicately in others. In fact, sometimes the subject matter is handled in rather an ‘in your face’ way which suits the O’Sullivan performance style. His stage presence and use of space is superb, hitting in with the visual material to back up the already strong writing and delivery. Blunt and to the point, O’Sullivan works the room well, drawing the audience into the stories he tells.
The descriptions and details are powerful, and passionate, building up suspense and painting highly vivid pictures in the mind. He breaks this form now and then with funny, odd and vibrantly performed poems which add another layer to an already very funny, very enjoyable show.

This odd and eccentric show kept me giggling for hours afterwards and I will be keeping an eye out for him in the future.

Charmian Hughes – Bra Trek

Charmian Hughes – Bra Trek
15:35 Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Part of the Free Festival (Venue 170) Aug 2-12, 14-26th

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Right from the off, all of the audience members felt welcome and relaxed. The room was warm so ice water was to be dispensed if anyone said the safe word. I have to say, it’s the first comedy show I’ve ever been to with a safe word. I loved that touch. Charmian Hughes also went to the trouble of making fans from her flyers.
I mention all of this because that’s just the kind pf person she is. Friendly, considerate, thoughtful and quick thinking. These qualities come though in her material too so that her audiences see a well thought out, funny, delightful show that makes you feel good and makes you think. There is no option but to love it. Hughes is very charismatic and has a superb way of telling the beautifully written stories and material. Everyone in the room is completely invested and really enjoying themselves no matter what age or gender they are or identify as.
It is a performance that really encapsulates all of the frustrations, trials and triumphant feeling felt in seeking a sexy, supportive, non-bank account breaking bra.
There is, as always with Hughes’ shows, so much more than that to it.
You’ll just have to go and find out what I mean.

It’s a show for everyone. I can guarantee you’ll come away laughing and feeling spectacular.

 

 

Daphna Baram: Sugarcoating

Daphna Baram: Sugarcoating
19:00 @ Sweet Novotel: 3 (Venue 188) Aug 2-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-25th

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sugarcoating is not what you’d expect at all. Daphna Baram is charismatic, welcoming and brings a relaxed performance to the stage.
There is raw passion beating just under the skin of the material which is subtle & delicate in parts and very honest in others all tied together with absolute hilarity.

This is an important show to see. It is packed with positive body image, messages mixed with cautionary tales, based on actual experiences  and I guarantee this will leave you feeling good in yourself.
As a show it is conversational in tone and told with Baram’s overt but gentle material.

It is slow burning with superb structure. In hot, it is everything you want from a comedy show and more, with biting satirical humour and fantastic observational comedy.

Daphna Baram also speaks about charity work she is involved with in one part of the performance which is also magnificently funny.
The charity work revolves around and organisation where volunteers can go and help communities build homes, help with the harvest and learn about the region. You can also buy bricks to build houses for £1 a pop. Yes, you rad that correctly.
For more details visit http://www.icahd.org

If you do one thing while you’re at the fringe, go and see this show. It is on my list of vital performances to see. It’s worth far more than the entry fee and you’ll be so happy you went.

You can buy tickets here

http://bit.ly/2vPYcjR

Go and enjoy all that Daphna Baram has to offer her audience.

Phil Ellis is Ready For The Big Time

Phil Ellis is Ready For The Big Time
19:40 – Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313)
Aug 2nd-26th

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Phil Ellis has the most unique entrance to a show I’ve ever seen and I’m not telling you what it is. You’ll have to go and see for yourself.

Brilliantly executed and dripping with charisma, Ellis has a magnificent stage presence and handles the room masterfully. There is a lot of audience participation which is relaxed in nature, leading to some unexpected, hilarious outcomes adding more layers to an already exquisite show.

This performance is totally charming and completely peculiar, playing with different styles and conventions while utterly subverting expectations. It is also ram packed full of dark humour and pure genius.

If it were possible to give this 6 stars, I would. I’ve never seen anything quite like this and I very much hope I do so again.

Go and see it. It’s an absolute must see show. Don’t miss it. It’s one of the best experiences out there.

Stranger Friends

Stranger Friends
00:00 – Laughing Horse Free Festival @ The Bunker, Espionage (Venue 185) Aug 2-14th

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Excellent and bizarre and with great audience participation, Nathan Eagle & Sunjai Arif work the room masterfully and bring to the performance boundless energy as wellas a healthy helping of the downright weird.
Although this is somewhat of a split show, Eagle & Arif have such excellent chemistry that it feels like one big show instead of the more formalised presentation most split shows have.

Eagle’s material is clearly fine honed, well written and very well performed. He owns the stage with proper, traditional comedy complete with brilliant anecdotes and strong punchlines which land and hit home with age groups in the audience.
His biting, fairly dark martial trips off the tongue and is delivered with an effortless charm that makes it impossible not to enjoy.

Arif is a tour de force. His manic, energetic style compliments Eagle’s more restrained performance perfectly and adds layer upon layer to the overall hilarity and enjoyment of the show. Arif’s interaction with the audience is nothing short of genius which leaves you slightly unable to believe what you’re seeing it and moreover, what you’re a part of, in the best possible way of course.

It’s clear to all that these two have so much fun doing what they do and it’s infectious.
I was in absolute fits of laughter.

These guys are amazing.

Gary G Knightley: Twat Out fo Hell

Gary G Knightley: Twat Out of Hell
11:35 @ City Cafe Aug 2-6, 8-20, 22-26th
Free Festival Laughing Horse

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is lively. Very lively. Quick witted with strong audience work, sharp observations and great stage presence Gary G Knightley commands the room and supplies some close to the knuckle, very funny material.

The show has good structure and is very well written and thought out. The pacing and timing come together to form a brilliantly funny performance for adults with a filthy sense of humour.

Knightley beings bags of charisma to the show with boundless confidence and some fairly unusual approaches to solving some of the world’s major problems.

If you’ve ever thought ‘I’,m going to hell for laughing at this’ not only is this the show for you but I’ll see you down there.

This is very much worth taking the time to see, just make sure you don’t take the kids or that reflective you have who’s easily offended. For me, this is top notch stuff.

Henry Cafe: Quiz Machine

Henry Cafe: Quiz Machine
18:30 @ Whistlebinkies (Venue158) Aug 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is exceptionally written and brilliantly performed. With a high but relaxed level of audience participation, a peculiar pub quiz unfolds complete with drama, suspense, and weird questions. Everything is spot on with this performance from stage presence to material, from delivery to framing, it’s just masterful. The way the jokes are built up paired with the timing and execution makes this the complete comedy package leaving the audience wanting more.

The crowd work itself is skillful and highly polished, allowing, the feel of a real pub quiz to  seep through the room. The narrative of the show is also so superbly shot though that everyone in the room is not only invested but leaves with the sense that they’ve seen and been a part something brilliant.

I couldn’t stop laughing and I urge you to do the same. Go and see this. It’d be silly not to.

Gethin Alderman: Limelight

Gethin Alderman: Limelight
14:40 @ Hispaniola (Venue 79) Aug 4-14, 16-25th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bursting with energy from the start, this peculiar performance is intense and welcoming from the start. Gethin Alderman even includes audience members loitering by the door, unsure whether to venture in. The hyper surreal quality of the performance continues on at the same pace, with the same energy throughout.
There was a wonderful ad-lib bit in the show where at one point a group of Spanish children came in and sat down to watch. Alderman began speaking in Spanish to them. This to me set him apart and added an extra fantastic layer to the show.

Alderman is quick on his feet in all senses of the phrase providing all round good fun for all the family, incorporating interesting and well developed character work and excellently crafted jokes.

Limelight is a cleverly written show that has positive messages and leaves the onlooker happy if not ever so slightly baffled but in the best possible way.

Go and see it for a total break from seriousness.

Phil Nichol: Your Wronger

Phil Nichol: Your Wronger
21:00 Monkey Barrel (Venue 515) Aug  2nd-26th
Heroes @ Monkey Barrel

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Even before some audience members had taken their seats, Phil Nichol makes it clear what kind of show this is going to be. In a warm and friendly manner, bouncing with energy, Nichol greets pretty much every audience member making sure they’re happy and comfortable. This already sets the show apart from others. From early on in the performance it is clear that Nichol is a born story teller, using highly descriptive language to paint hilarious and at times, poignant pictures in the eye of the beholder.
The audience is taken on a journey which is not only beautifully but passionately told and with masterful timing and pace.

Full of peculiar peeks and troughs, the show is a reflection of some of the most ridiculous, sometimes cringe worthy and occasionally outright bizarre situations that life has thrown at him. On the other hand, it is entirely relatable in that side splitting, head shaking way that, in parts of the show makes you think, I know exactly what you mean.

Nichol is the definition of charm and charisma with razor sharp wit and stage presence. This show has a definite feeling of the triumphant about it, packed with positive messages that leave you feeling really good.

Go to this show. It’s impossible not to absolutely love every second of it.

Tom Little – Rightly or Wrongly, for Better or Worse, the Fact Is This Is…

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Tom Little is a rare brand of comedian. A comedian who takes an idea, no matter how old or new, and presents it without airs or graces. He presents it, then presents it again and again, taking the idea to its logical conclusion, past its limit and into a new dimension of hilarity.

 

Tom presents his comedic ideas with an energy and impact that is hard to ignore, not that you would want to. The focus he brings to the stage, both in his own intent and bringing the audience into his world, adds an intensity and urgency to his words as each laugh, each punchline rattles around the room.

 

This show is about his journey growing up, one long narrative which flips from childhood to adulthood, taking absurdist turns towards yoghurt in the classroom, Gary Brooker and protractors. There is much more going on as well but it would be remiss of me to post spoilers here. Tom uses repetition to its absolute highest, flipping jokes on their heads in an enviable manner.

 

Tom’s writing is absolutely incisive, intelligently written and delivered in a way that leaves the audience twisting and turning every time he pulls the unexpected from unexpected places.

 

Tom Little – Rightly or Wrongly, for Better or Worse, the Fact Is This Is…

Part of the PBH Free Fringe.

Black Market.

1445.

Until 26th.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.