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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Funny That Comedy: The Warren – The McElderry

Reviewer: Simon Topping

With: Laura Lexx, Jake Lambert, Emmanuel Sonubi and Angela Barnes

The Hassocks based pop up comedy club, Funny That Comedy, presents an eclectic mix of stand ups, hosted by multi award winning compere, comedian and author, Laura Lexx.

Lexx bounds onto the stage full of beans. Engaging the crowd well with her own brand of impish cajoling, she soon has us onside. Chiding the audience,she tells off Nikki in the front row for spelling her name incorrectly, which gets a big laugh to begin with. Moving onto material about the awfulness of middle aged mens feet, amongst the to and fro of excellent banter with the audience; it’s a strong start to the show.

Our first act is Jake Lambert, who has been tour support for Michael Mcintyre and Romesh Ranganathan. He immediately taunts himself about his baby face, which sets the tone of his good hearted, self deprecating set. Big laughs come from his stories as an ineffectual employee at LegoLand and when he talks of his adventure in Australia. He is a likeable comedian with some good material.

Next up is Londoner Emmanuel Sonubi (The Comedy Central Chart Show and ITV2’s Stand Up Sketch Show). He quickly addresses the dissonance between his looks (bouncer type hard man with a resting angry face) and his profession as a comedian; this has the venue in fits of laughter. He also has nice sections about working in an office as an IT guy and social niceties we all construct, as well as his tales of the nightmare it is to be a parent.

Sonubi has a relaxed, straight forward delivery that goes down well with those watching and prowls the stage as he performs. A particular favourite of the crowd is his throwaway lines about when he used to be 150kg, and what happened if he dropped things; pure comedy gold.

The final act of the evening is Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, The News Quiz, House of Games). She confesses she didn’t do anything in lockdown; she has not bettered herself one bit. This admission creates a wave of giggling in the auditorium and several nods of recognition too. A Brightonian, herself, Barnes loves the city and mocks its middle class pretentiousness. She has some fabulous material about being a child of the 1980’s as well as the joys of being childless. Barnes fizzes with her sardonic delivery style and the crowd appreciate her acerbic delivery, laughing heartily and applauding enthusiastically at her performance.

All in all a very good night of comedy offers, expertly guided by Laura Lexx, very fun to watch.

Reviewed on 29th June

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