Seated and ready for some late night entertainment in the Pleasance Dome,
Best of HUB promises to bring you the best from the comedic playing field for a two hour extravaganza that just keeps giving and giving.
The standard of performance was phenomenal across the board. Ben and Alex (aka. The Pin) set the bar high with their opening act, delivering a fast-paced, witty 10 minute sketch show with intelligence and brilliance. Starting on such a strong note should have made it difficult for any act that was destined to follow, but as the night moved on, it just kept getting better. Tonight, the acts were The Pin, Alex Edelman, Lolly, Matt Winning, Pat Cahill, Daphne, John Hastings, Gein’s Family Giftshop and Aisling Bea. And following that show, you can bet that any member of that audience would gladly go and see them for their solo acts. If you’re planning your Fringe experience and are looking for something in the comedy field, starting here should be first on your list.
Comedians, particularly in stand up, can lose the energy that they start off with when they are trying to pace themselves through a one hour time slot. But with Best of HUB, because they were restricted to a 10 minute slot, they pull out their best material and deliver it with much energy and enthusiasm that they can’t afford to waste time with, when building up in the opening minutes. Each act was on fire and the audience was very rarely silent. The venue was constantly being filled with the rapturous laughter of the room.
The variety of the acts was something else that was remarkably commendable. No two comedians performed in the same style or the same material. If by some small chance there wasn’t one act that you didn’t like, they’d surely be something that you did and that played to its advantage, because the show was always providing something new, and providing new content to laugh at, and never driving itself into a cycle of repetition and repeated gags.
Returning every Wednesday for the duration of the Fringe, Best of HUB promises to bring you the best from the comedic playing field for a two hour extravaganza that just keeps giving and giving.