Idiots. gay Idiots – The Glory, London

Reviewer: Sonny Waheed

Hosts: Jennifer Schmennifer and Grace Fool

Featuring: Miss Terri Boxx, Abby Russell, Sven Ironside, Mother, Bonk

Billed as ‘A vaudevillian night of organised clownery and unforced laughter,’ idiots. gay idiots is a modern-day review show that features the talents of emerging and established LGBTQ+ performance artists. Depending on the night you go, there’s a wide and varied array of talent on display.

This evening’s performance was a slightly different state of affairs, being a show in aid of Grace Fool’s birthday and a selection of mutually admired performers were on hand to drive the merriment and celebrate Grace’s special day.

On entering the basement venue, half-jokingly referenced as a sex dungeon, the audience is confronted with Grace Fool, sitting centre stage, looking like a (slightly) less sinister Pennywise clown. Replace the balloon with an oversized lollypop and the ruffled clown suit with a child’s party dress, and you’ve got her.  A bizarre soundtrack of 60’s and 70’s TV themes is playing while Grace is bopping around in her chair. The whole thing is compelling to watch, if rather unnerving.

As the show kicks off, Jennifer Schmennifer joins Grace on stage to take on comparing duties and we’re offered a melange of performances, from the good to the odd. Schmennifer stands out both as compere and in her own set. She is comfortable on stage and commands the audience well. She proves to be quick witted and has a great rapport with the audience.

The rest of the evening is really a mixed bag that will delight or disappoint in relatively equal measure. The evening has singing, poetry, situational comedy, dance, character comedy and lip synching. Aside from Schmennifer, who delivers a good but standard drag performance, the performers are on the quirkier side of the comedy and entertainment spectrum.

Whilst idiots. gay idiots is not for everyone, for fans of comedy or performance art who’d like a dip into a more alternative selection of performers, it provides an eclectic and, ultimately, entertaining evening.

 Reviewed on 15 May and runs on various dates throughout the year.

The Reviews Hub Score

Alternative comedy smorgasbord.

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