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LATITUDE 2016: Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Venue: The Theatre Tent
Reviewer: Nicole Evans

Paul Merton, whose popularity is clear by the length of the queue for The Theatre Tent (and the looks of horror from those arriving to join the back) joins Latitude for a rather early slot on the bill, joined by some Impro Chums, ready to lighten the moods of an increasingly-tired crowd.

Arriving on stage with none other than Lee Simpson, who fell flat with his performance in Animo yesterday, there is a moment of worry that the laughs we are expecting won’t arrive, but Simpson more than redeems himself and goes on to prove that, with the right group, improv can be extremely humorous.

The five-strong group jump straight into requests from the audience for the themes to base the madness that ensues, sensibly ignoring the all-to-easy suggestions of Brexit and pornography or varying sorts. Starting with a straight up story switch, last man standing, game about Starling – the famous snooker player and moving on to a classic ‘guess the occupation’, the fivesome bounced off each other in hilarious fashion and well and truly perfected the art of changing the pace and direction of each sketch before they exhausted their options.

A Shakespearean finish portraying his classic work, Death of an Octopus, leaves us with the exact feeling we started with – that these guys are awesome!

Image: Carolina Faruolo

 

Venue: The Theatre Tent Reviewer: Nicole Evans Paul Merton, whose popularity is clear by the length of the queue for The Theatre Tent (and the looks of horror from those arriving to join the back) joins Latitude for a rather early slot on the bill, joined by some Impro Chums, ready to lighten the moods of an increasingly-tired crowd. Arriving on stage with none other than Lee Simpson, who fell flat with his performance in Animo yesterday, there is a moment of worry that the laughs we are expecting won't arrive, but Simpson more than redeems himself and goes on…

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