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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Krent Tablowski: I can make yourself better at public speaking in front of people – The Warren: The Burrow

Creator: Alex Nash

Reviewer: Simon Topping

Alex Nash (Yes Mama Comedy) has a new persona to thrust upon the viewing public. With shades of Dom Joly’s Thinkfluencer character, Tim Horlicks-Joyce, Nash brings us Krent Tablowski; influencer, sociologist, inventor, life coach, Nike athlete, CEO and proud American.

Bursting onto stage just in union jack boxer shorts and the letters K and T shaved out of his chest hair, Tablowski starts to espouse his wisdom to the gathering. He is a soft-spoken, west coast, American who takes very questionable sources for his inspiration, such as Tony Blair and Oscar Pistorius.

While there is a lot of macho bluster from Krent; his gun is called avocado because it goes off without warning, underneath the hard business rhetoric is a sensitive young man trying to escape the shadow of his family. As the show continues we learn Krent’s brother is tech billionaire Elon Musk and his father is a man who is never satisfied, no matter what Krent does to try to please him.

Tablowski’s unconditionally loving friend, Milo, takes charge of the visual aspect of the presentation and interjects from time to time to keep Krent honest to himself. Krent is no business guru, he is thoughtful, caring and a man who loves My Little Pony (a Brony as they are known). But will Krent be brave enough to embrace who he really is by the end of the presentation? The crowd hope so, we are rooting for him.

Nash is a solid comedy talent, as is his partnering performer. There are many flashes of brilliance in the piece; redesigning fish is a wonderfully entertaining moment and has the room howling with laughter. Krent’s egg-obsessed father is a grotesquely funny comedy creation and all the interaction with the crowd, especially the “sell me a pen” moment, is very well done. Also, the chemistry between Krent and Milo is a strong reason to like the show.

The production falls down a little in its construction. Moments are very funny but the whole doesn’t feel cohesive and is slightly muddled. The piece doesn’t address the topic in the title, of how to make yourself good at public speaking, or even take steps to dismiss it. There is simply no acknowledgement of this, which is a little dissatisfying to the watcher.

However, Nash can be very amusing and is consistently engaging; his work in Yes Mama is always worth a watch. His physicality is often used to good effect and there is a healthy sprinkling of sound comedy ideas here.

Reviewed on 13 May 2019 | Image: Contributed

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