& REVIEWS 2013
page contains the latest
news stories and reviews
from The Laughing Horse at the Brighton Fringe.... so keep checking back on
this page throughout the Fringe to find out what's
happening, and which shows are the ones not-to-miss....
|May 15, 2013 Talent GB|
| Article about Laughing Horse Pick of the Brighton Fringe |
|Laughing Horse strikes Comdy Gold -|
|THE BRIGHTON Fringe is in full swing offering a kaleidoscopic mix of comedy, drama, music and visual art.
From May 4 until June 2, 723 events are taking centre stage at one of the biggest arts festivals in Europe.
As usual, Laughing Horse Comedy provides a consistently brilliant bill of sharp comics.
The Quadrant on Saturday hosted a classic evening of superb stand-up comedy which could grace any theatre.
People don’t normally come just to see the compere. But this one, Lewis Bryan, was worth the visit alone.
A rapid fire audience worker, his act would have made Brighton’s most famous comedy son Max Miller stroll up the hill and pay his entrance fee.
Headlining was award winning Amadeus Martin who held his audience in the palm of his hands with a surrealistic line in gags which would have made Spike Milligan proud – and take his seat no doubt next to Max.
Other worth Click Here|
|May 12, 2013 The Argus|
| Article about Eccentronic presents: Neurovision |
|Deliciously weird cabaret|
|I have just seen Eccentronic Presents: Neurovision, a deliciously weird cabaret show at Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant. Eccentronic are a lively and unlikely duo striving to win the Eurovision song contest and dominate Europe. They attempt to find the killer song for the United Kingdom to finally overcome to nil point curse.
Neurovision was as eccentric as their name suggests and I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Eccentronic are seasoned Free Fringe performers and fully embraced the format, allowing the audience to enter during their set up and using that opportunity to chat and introduce the show and performers.
Eccentronic skillfully brought us into their madness through audience participation which started simply with handing out flags, endowing us with European countries. Their musical talent was demonstrated through their oddball collection of songs and playing the hypnotic therem Click Here|
|May 12, 2013 The Latest|
| Review of It's Not Easy Being Yellow |
|Where are you from? It’s a simple yet loaded question in the eyes of comic Ria Lina. Half Filipino, half German, and having lived in many countries, Lina has a fairly unique perspective. In her one hour solo show she denounced cultural sensitivity with the aid of her trusty ukulele, although perhaps not as shockingly as she might think. Lina is a witty and confident performer, and her observations on race and nationhood were honest and astute, but the jokes didn’t do enough to keep up the interest throughout and the mid-section buzz waned near the end. Ironically enough, a little more diversity in the topic could have helped. Click Here|
|May 9, 2013 Broadway Baby|
| Review of clArSe |
cLaRse, one of the free bits of the Brighton Fringe Fest, is tucked away in a room above the Temple Bar in Western Road.
The poster features the instantly recognisable silhouettes of Cleese, Barker and Corbett in the 'Class Sketch' from The Frost Report.
Quite an ambitious thing for a small comedy group performing a free gig upstairs in a Hove pub to live up to. Quite brave or quite foolhardy?
This little show runs until Friday and it's free, so why don't you go, sit yourself down on a sofa, and let Jerrod throw some jokes at you. Can't be bad Click Here|
|May 8, 2013 Broadway Baby|
| Review of Diane Spencer: The Alpha Taboo |
|The Fringe season doesn't get much better than this|
|Diane Spencer does not look like the comedic powerhouse that she really is. She is slender and slight, with large eyes that give her a look of Bambi-esque innocence, but on no account should you let that fool you.
This comedienne uses material that is far beyond the remit of a giggling school girl. In fact, parts of it were down-right filthy yet, somehow, never in bad taste. This is due partly to her delivery, which is in impeccable form. She hops from anecdote to anecdote with enough speed to ensure her audience’s attention never wanders, but the punchline never gets away from her.
Every joke is delivered with a consistency and precision that has its own rhythm, one so strong that she has the audience laughing to her own beat. The nervous audience atmosphere usually present in such a small venue was banished from the get-go, dissipated by Spencer’s thoroughly relatable charm.
|May 7, 2013 Broadway Baby|
| Review of Laughing Horse Pick of the Brighton Fringe |
|Laughing Horse Show Review|
|Note: The Review seems to have forgotton compere Sajeela Kershi and said the opening act was the compere. Doesn't seem like she was paying attention to Sajeela getting on stage between each act!!
Fringe venue behemoth Laughing Horse present a mixed bag of comedy upstairs at the Quadrant hosted by mentalist magician Mr. Pete Campbell Wells. After some fairly forced and awkward chatter, we were treated to some mind-bending feats that were professionally delivered with gentle mesmerising patter. While fun and genuinely tricksy, this was nothing new and Campbell Wells bowed out to polite applause.
Next up was relative newcomer and one to watch, Sean McLoughlin. His set offered some fine laughs in a tight set riffing on his lack of funds and obscurity on the comedy circuit which left me wanting more. His original and personal subject matter comes at a jaunty angle just short of bit Click Here|
|May 7, 2013 The Latest|
| Review of Patrick & Luisa's Yori Yori Love Chat |
|Review for Luisa Omelian & Patrick Monahan|
|Combining the feelgood factor of both Patrick Monahan and Luisa Omieland was bound to create an anarchic happy warmth of atomic proportions, and this preview shows that they are well on the way to delivering on that promise. Both high energy comics with deceptively shambolic personas that belie the strength of their comedy muscles, this celebration of the search for that special person in your life was as inclusive and absolutely not intrusive as one of Patrick’s famous hugs. This was an early preview, with first outings and half-formed ideas, but their humour and enthusiasm, as well as experienced improvising skills, flag this up as something to keep an eye on for the future, as well as enjoy as itself right now. Click Here|
|May 6, 2013 remotegoat.co.uk|
| Review of Kiss of the Red Menace: A Tribute to Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago & All That Jazz) |
|"Warm heartfelt and impressive presentation" by David Rumelle|
|"A review can be so hurtful-it can haunt us for the rest of our lives"......One of the many quotes included in this affectionate and beautifully constructed show. (Well-no chance of a bad review here ;)
Kerry Jo Hodgkin's hour-long tribute to the masterful talents of composer and lyricist Kander and Ebb Is artfully knitted together in a warm, heartfelt and ultimately stunning presentation.
Under the guise of Kerry's alter ego-Melody La Rouge-we are treated not only to an intriguing insight of two of the greatest songwriters in musical theatre, but a fascinating background of the stars who created such time honoured shows as "Cabaret","Chicago","Kiss of the Spider Woman" etc-Liza Minneli,Chita Rivera, Barbra Streisand-to name a few.
A warm friendly atmosphere awaits the audience as they enter the upstairs venue-evoking a Berlin nightclub-and indeed the underscore of "Wilkommen Click Here|
|May 6, 2013 The Argus|
| Review of Phil Kay: ...Freewheelin' Mirth Peddler... |
|It says a lot about the free spirited nature of veteran comedian Phil Kay that he started his annual Fringe appearances with an hour-long bike ride for willing participants.
It says even more that he didn't have a bike, hence numerous tweets throughout the afternoon from promoters asking if he could borrow one.
Anyone who's seen the Glaswegian's frenetic, rambling comedy routines will know he takes the same haphazard approach to stand up as he does to bicycle procurement; he's far more inclined to wing it and hope for the best than come equipped with something that's been expertly crafted for his particular needs.
And that's why he's one most of exhilarating performers around.
The only thing you can legitimately expect is the unexpected - as was the case here with an hour-long mishmash of inane waffle, out-there musings and booze-soaked recollections loosely hooked on the g Click Here|
|May 6, 2013 Broadway Baby|
| Review of Darren Walsh: I am a Giant. |
|Tall tales from a future comedy giant|
|This is Darren Walsh’s first solo show and it definitely won’t be his last. With sharp one liners reminiscent of comedy giant Tim Vine and songs about parsnips and onions that wouldn’t sound out of place on ‘It’s Kevin’; Walsh is all set to become the new ruler of the comedy kingdom.
It’s standing room only to see this up and coming comic who recently finished third in the prestigious Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition and the puns are coming thick and fast. At six foot eight Walsh really is a giant and has the stage presence to go along with his height. His delivery is confident and strong and there are laughs a plenty. The visual gags are both funny and original and he has the audience on his side from the outset, trying to second guess what the punchline will be (I bet no one guessed the Nazi dolphin one). My personal favourite joke involved an impression of Morrissey, Da Click Here|
|May 5, 2013 Broadway Baby|
| Review of Phil Kay: ...Freewheelin' Mirth Peddler... |
|More Than O-Kay
It would be hard not to like Phil Kay. His natural enthusiasm for life and his tinkling giggle are infectious. The small Temple venue is packed with an audience who have clearly seen the festival stalwart before and know what to expect and he doesn’t disappoint. Kay entertains with rambling stories of close shaves with the law and a reckless approach to personal safety.
Along with improvised songs about the perils that cyclists have to endure on the road, I imagine that each night of this show will be different depending on the audience interaction.
Kay is a talented and natural stand up and he has me laughing out loud many times throughout the evening.
The set revolves around Kay’s genuine passion of cycling and bikes he has restored from former neglect, loved and lost. You can join Kay for a comedy bike ride taking in his choice of sights within Brighton and Click Here|
|April 28, 2013 Latest News|
|The Fringe is nearly Here! Shows Open on May 4th|
|It's nearly Fringe time! Make sure you have your tickets booked, and your plan to see as many shows as you can - we have over 100 to choose from, and it is now less than a week until Fringe time! Click Here|
|March 21, 2013 comedychords|
| Article about Darren Walsh: I am a Giant. |
|Darren Walsh at Brighton Fringe 2013 - I am a Giant|
|Comedian Darren Walsh, runner up in the prestigious Hackney New Act of the Year (NATY) and also the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year is bringing his first ever half hour solo show of puns, surreal nonsense and clowning with technology to the Brighton Fringe this year.
Already featured as one to watch in Timeout Magazine, Walsh’s silly happy-go-lucky sense of humour and approach to stand-up has been likened to Harry Hill, with an act blending a mixture of gags and snippets of daft songs.
He will be performing at the Hobgoblin from 7:30 – 8pm on the following dates:
May 4th, May 5th, May 6th, May 31st, June 1st and June 2nd.
For all information regarding Darren and his upcoming shows head over to his website.
At last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Darren pulled off the punning feat he called the 1000 pun salute, tweeting jokes based on the names all all comedians (with a Twitter Click Here|
|February 23, 2013 Moving Tone|
| Article about Rhythm Method |
|Wesley Freeman-Smith Reports on The Rhythm Method Tour at The Fountain 17th February 2013|
|Review of:The Rhythm Method at The Fountain Inn, Cambridge.
Poised at the intersection between poetry, comedy and music, two guys in leather wearing far too much make-up are waiting impatiently; double bass wielded like some kind of illegal weapon and a world of flailing words waiting in the wings. Together they are known as The Antipoet, an anarchic tour de force and the chances of an act like this existing are fairly minimal – but I'm very glad they do. Along with comedy poet Mark Niel, these excitable chaps make up the Rhythm Method Tour.The only thing that could prepare you for The Antipoet up next is having seen them before. One man slaps and plucks at the upright bass whilst the other dramatically enacts the verbal element, all flailing arms, gnashing of teeth and good stabs of banter. Not only are they unique, but very, very funny; all in a mischievous, impeccably disheveled way. Click Here|
|August 31, 2012 The Serious Comedy Site|
| Article about Dylan Rhymer: Hard Miles |
|Dylan Rhymer: Deliverance|
|Dylan Rhymer: Deliverance is well worth your money. Rhymer is a long form comedian so his almost hour-long set mostly features 4 long bits. This is a very entertaining show by a comic with more to say than most.
This stand-up comic also has enough talent to take on a controversial topic like abortion, make it funny, even silly at times, and say something relevant too. His solution for assisted suicide would certainly attract a few baby-boomer customers.
Unlike many Canadian comics, his take on Canadians versus Americans is not the usual pandering stuff and in fact rather critical of Canada. It features a very strange Silence of the Lambs' villain takes on a Canadian politician sequence that is really funny.
Rhymer encores with a good bit on mushrooms.
|July 1, 2012 BuxtonFringe.org|
| Article about Kiss of the Red Menace: A Tribute to Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago & All That Jazz) |
|Kiss of the Red Menace: a Tribute to Kander & Ebb at Buxton Fringe|
|Mention the names John Kander & Fred Ebb to many people, and it's my guess you'd bet a blank look in return. Tell those same people that Kander & Ebb were the musical masterminds behind such shows as Chicago and Cabaret, and the recognition would begin to dawn.
Kander & Ebb's exceptional skills took musical theatre into a new direction, their characters inhabiting a world where bleak reality and glamorous show business collide - whether it's the sinister decadence of a Berlin nightclub mirroring the rise of Nazism in Cabaret, the vaudeville song 'n' dance numbers providing an escape for the women on trial for murder in Chicago, or the sumptuously cinematic fantasies of the imprisoned gay window dresser in Kiss of the Spider Woman. Kander & Ebb's characters are often damaged individuals, whose songs are a brittle mask of the heartbreak within.
It is into this world that Miss Melod Click Here|
|January 30, 2009 ThisisCabaret.com|
| Article about Damsel in Shining Armour |
|The Damsel In Shining Armour, St James Theatre|
|If the thought of a night in listening to Céline Dion ditties and occasional cries for more melodrama has you checking for the exits, Sophie Walsh-Harrington’s Damsel In Shining Armour may not be your idea of a perfect evening. Regardless, stay seated: you won’t regret it.
At a superficial level, this is a show that merrily bounces along with tales of increasingly bizarre love affairs soundtracked by sung snatches from the French/Canadian diva’s discography. It would be easy to categorise Damsel as a jukebox musical penned by Helen Fielding while Glee played in the background. Easy, but wrong.
While the eponymous damsel’s tale trots the globe from one end to the other, Walsh-Harrington’s character is very much a reflection of her Harrogate origins. For those not familiar with the town, it is (in)famously both very posh and very kinky. Although not rich herself, the damsel has the prepo Click Here|