Creators: Jon Levene and Nathan Lang
Reviewer: Simon Topping
From the moment the duo leap on to the stage wearing white shirts and black trousers and ties, music blaring, the crowd know they are going to be in for a good time. Like an acid house version of the Blues Brothers, Jon Levene and Nathan Lang are going to teach us how to really live, for as the title of their show proclaims: Jon and Nath Like to Party.
Just as quickly as the party starts, it is halted by the comedian’s first character creations: the detectives (one senior and one junior as the superior ranked officer loves to point out). Here the audience are treated to some fabulous anarchically funny crowd interaction and a threat that they are all going to check all our ID’s to see if we are underage drinking.
As the night progresses the throng witness many more crazed personalities and sketches, each becoming more outrageous and gross. Crowd favourites include the creepy Scent of Jesus sketch (one of a trilogy), Lang’s impersonations of Hollywood legends and a pastiche of 1970’s horror film The Shining, with a fabulous, low budget, rivers of blood sequence. As well as a very interesting take on “trendy” deconstructed pizza that has the gathering howling with laughter and disgust.
Levene and Lang (one can’t help wondering why they didn’t call themselves this as it is much catchier) are great comedic performers with a willingness to do anything to produce a laugh. Lang’s strength is playing the put-upon whilst Levene turns up the heat. It is a combination that is hilariously stupid. If you like you humour cerebral this is not for you, but if you enjoy physical comedy and wanton silliness they are your men.
Running until 26 May 2018