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Punel Show

There’s always going to be potential for a very diverse – and possibly sparse – audience when performers decide to slip in an extra show  when it’s meant to be their day off. The two extremes are: the super keen Twitter users only too glad to hot-foot it along to a Free Fringe hot-ticket and those who haven’t heard of the performers and have wandered in by chance.

Out of the seven audience members I think two of us were in the first category; two in the second; two open to debate and one was Darren Walsh’s mum-in-law. There was another couple at the start but they were definitely in the second category and made a hilariously inept phone-assisted escape when they decided after five minutes it wasn’t for them. (I’m not sure what they expected – the name of the show pretty much tells you everything you need to know. It’s a panel show with puns)

Also did they not know they were in the company of punning royalty with Darren Walsh and Mark Simmons as hosts? Those of us who know and appreciate their work (and use Twitter) were a bit stunned by this point. Great comedy, packed houses so far in the run, seven people in the audience today – really? I think the hosts were stunned as well but they were far too professional to call off or give us a stripped back show. I can’t be sure what happens on other days but I can’t imagine having any more fun than we did.

I don’t know if it’s a bit silly to try and describe the set-up of an essentially silly show but here goes. Darren and Mark are team captains each with one panel member in the shape of a guest comedian. On the day there was Fraser Geesin (quite grumpy but I think that’s his comedy persona) and the excellent and completely bonkers  Trevor Feelgood (I believe he’s a resident panel member so that’s a treat on its own). There are rehearsed puns, there are ad-libbed puns and much general silliness. The fun and games extends to the whole audience but as we were seven this was probably inevitable. It was a bit like being at the best family get-together – if you’re lucky enough to have some top-notch comedians in your family.

Of course it will be different each day and you may have to fight to get in. But I’m sure you’ll have a gloriously fun time – I know the seven of us did!

(Review for 16 Aug)




Punny Guys

How to follow Wil Hodgson’s – mainly serious – spoken word piece on capital punishment? How about one hour of seriously groan-worthy puns and one-liners courtesy of Atella the Pun? Delightfully old-school cheese with the audience gleefully feeding the pun-tastic human juke/joke-box which takes the form(s) of Darren Walsh (nice boy with a cheeky twinkle) and Leo Kearse (rude boy who not so much went near the knuckle but had a good old dirty and frequent fumble with it). It was well attended on the day I went with a wide-age-range crowd and – such is the family-friendly atmosphere of The Three Sisters at this time of year – one woman attempted to come in with a baby in a pram. Just as well she couldn’t find a space as that kid could grow up with some pretty skewed ideas on how to approach the English language! Happily though – the ruder aspects would have gone over its head – pretty much like the experience of the hard-of-hearing older members sat in front of us. All in all highly recommended if you’re in the market for some undemanding, old-style humour that’s so corny The Jolly Green Giant must surely be looking for royalties! The Free Sisters, 13.15 until 24th Aug

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