Chortle

CHORTLE
Steve Bennett
August 2000

Originally intended as a double-act, this show was hastily reconstructed when Dominic’s partner, George Asprey, was called away to Hollywood. We will never know what we are missing, but what’s left is a series of fine comic characters delivering some inspired gags.

The show is patchy, though, with a number of creations failing to live up to the dizzy heights of the best, but Frisby is clearly endowed with a great comedy talent.

He covers broad satire, with speeches from both a Blair clone Labour candidate and a pervy old Conservative, and occasional darker material, such as the hilarious prayer switchboard sketch.

Other memorable highlights include the embarrassing groom’s speech and a pun-riddled Ludwig The Bavarian sketch, and it’s a shame when some of his other characters, including Maurice the Morris Dancer and The Upper Class Rapper, don’t come off.

Still, there’s plenty here for an enjoyable evening’s entertainment for those who dare venture away from the holy trinity of the Assembly Rooms, Gilded Balloon and Pleasance.

Steve Bennett
August 2000