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Jim Alsbalstian’s (Post) Human Zoo – 81 Renshaw, Liverpool

Devisers and Writers: Sean Stokes and Liam Hale

Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin

Is making people laugh a good enough reason to put someone on the preservation list when the world is doomed? That is the premise of this offering at the Liverpool Comedy Festival.

This black-edged show moves at a frolicsome pace looking at several scenarios dealing with the subject of almost-Armageddon.

Liam Hale plays the world’s one remaining comedian as if his life depends on it – as indeed it does. One miss-timed joke and he is out of the bunker. Liam switches effortlessly between bewildered innocence to sporadic bouts of ethnic cleansing with a firing squad.

His main pal in this quirky quest is Sean Stokes who seems more to have a better grasp of the situation. Their journey takes in a morbid Mock the Week, macabre moving statues and bad-taste bingo.

They handle the zany nature of this quite physical show with the right amount of mischief and occasional mayhem. They wasted no time of winning over the audience to their wacky style and bizarre concept.

Dougie the world’s one –remaining doctor (Ant Briscoe) has been conned into being their techie even though it meant losing someone on the operating table.

Injecting further death into the set-up are two campaigning politically correct Zombies (Michael Burton) and (Danny Bradley). They pop-up from the audience demanding that only the living dead should perform live as the Dead.

In the end it’s the Zombies who offer them, and the audience, salvation but, as they put it, would you really want a world full of Mrs Brown’s Boys?

At the risk of being zapped by the Zombies it is dead clever.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 | Image: Contributed

Devisers and Writers: Sean Stokes and Liam Hale Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Is making people laugh a good enough reason to put someone on the preservation list when the world is doomed? That is the premise of this offering at the Liverpool Comedy Festival. This black-edged show moves at a frolicsome pace looking at several scenarios dealing with the subject of almost-Armageddon. Liam Hale plays the world’s one remaining comedian as if his life depends on it – as indeed it does. One miss-timed joke and he is out of the bunker. Liam switches effortlessly between bewildered innocence to sporadic bouts…

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