On opening weekend we were treated to Sami Stone (top left), William Stone (of no relation to the previous Stone (bottom right)), Valerio Miconi (top right), and Cheeky Kita (bottom left).
Our host was Sami Stone who was first to swing the bat at this being a show of "social" and "morally motivated" comedy with a far more personal opening set. Her approach was scattered and jittery to stat with but she soon hit her stride. She spent an enormous amount of time talking about how hot the venue was going to get before delving into her set. It felt, at times, ill put together but, despite that, she set the room alight with a unique kind of carelessness. What people thought of her and how she deals with happiness and sadness were of refreshingly little significance to her. She's there to tell jokes and take heads and she did just that.
Next came on William Stone who was the undeniable star of the show. Every single joke of his Milton Jones-esque one liner comedy landed and the 'thinker' ones took enough time to process that the entertainment was thoroughly rung from them. With the air of an impeccably awkward relative at a family gathering, he carries himself with more reservation than Jones but with more than good enough delivery to give him a run for his money. I can imagine comparisons between the two are numerous but I have all too much patience for this level of astute, erudite, observational comedy.
Valerio Miconi, brought it back to brexits by getting riled up about the referendum on the UK's membership in the EU. Miconi had the joke of the night by asking 'Why would you choose to vote Remain? Pizza.' Miconi has an excellent talent for delivery that he was able to show off as part of a short set but on what was some otherwise fairly safe material.
Finally, Cheeky Kita, a clown, bounced on with humongous energy but a forgotten prop meant a large gag fell short. With a blend of low-tech comedy and absurdist stand up she knew what she was doing but there were ill turning cogs in the set. I'd hope that she's more in her element in her own shows.
- Comedy Sans Frontières is on every weekend, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 May, 2-3 Jun at the Junkyard Dogs at 19:00 - take some donations!
- Editor's note: this article was edited on 15 May to detail that 70% of donations go to Médecins Sans Frontières, not all donations, and to correct typos.
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