Sarah Kendall: One-Seventeen (UK tour) – REVIEW

Sarah Kendall – One-Seventeen (UK tour)

Soho theatre, London 

★★★★

Sarah Kendall – One-Seventeen 

Soho theatre, London 

 

Seen May 16th, 2018

Reviewed by Jade Prince 

★★★★

Sarah Kendall spent a few nights of her UK tour down in the basement of Soho theatre, the perfect venue for a comedy act. The tour, one-seventeen, takes you on a turbulent retelling of Sarah’s life from the early years up to the present day. It tackles everything; the brilliant highs, some painful lows and everything called life in between. Luck, being a key theme, is able to connect everything at various points during the show. 

I have to say this wasn’t the best comedy act I have seen but it most certainly wasn’t the worst. It was a nice, acceptable middle level. 

I warmed to her straight away when she called the audience c*nts in under a minute of being on stage. It definitely got the laughs! A real ice breaker. I did appreciate how the word flowed so freely from her mouth. One thing I cannot stand is when comedians scripts that word in as an attempt to get more laughs and it does normally fails miserably. For Sarah, it just slipped out as if she was having a conversation with some friends. 

I have to hand it to her for the originality in her jokes. It was real life. Not necessarily real life that everyone could relate to. A few of these stories kind of left me feeling slightly awkward. Not that they were inappropriate just not relatable. I started getting that vibe from other audience members too. It was a rollercoaster of a show. Some highs which were so funny but then there were other parts where I didn’t know whether to laugh or not. It just seemed weird having such serious matters in a comedy show especially presented in that way. The subject matters were obviously life stories, I just felt they went on a little too long and started to bring a bit of a downer on the show. This feeling, however, was immediately removed when Sarah whipped out the next joke! 

Something I like about a good comedy show is when the comedian is able to link all the stories together and Sarah certainly did this. I loved the referencing of previous things she spoke about and doubling up the jokes. 

Despite the rollercoaster of funny to serious, it had such a great pace. There was never a point where I was urging it to end. Sarah is definitely a great story teller and had the audience in the palm of her hand. Something in comedians which is few and far between specially with the serious matters. 

There was another point which made me feel a bit ‘meh’ and that was the ending of the show. It had a rather abrupt ending which left you wanting more. I think it would have been great to see Sarah leave the stage on a real high with the audience roaring with laughter like they did during so much of the show. 

Overall, it was a very enjoyable show. One I would recommend. I’d be interested in seeing her again when she comes to my home town later in the tour.

Sarah is currently touring the UK with One-Seventeen. Click here for more information on her upcoming dates and tickets. 

Also be sure to follow Sarah on twitter for the latest updates in her travels. 

Carl Barron – Drinking with a Fork – REVIEW

Carl Barron – Drinking with a Fork 

Hammersmith Apollo, London

★★★★

Carl Barron – Drinking with a Fork

Hammersmith Apollo, London

 

Seen on March 3rd, 2018

Reviewed by Jade Prince

★★★★

“It’s gonna be a top night”

I was a little dubious at first when I got the email reading “AUSTRALIAN’S BIGGEST SELLING COMEDIAN TO PLAY AT HAMMERSMITH APOLLO”. That is one hell of a big claim and I was praying Carl Barron would live up to expectations. About 15 minutes into the show I started questioning myself as to why I even had doubts in the first place!

From Longreach in Queensland, Carl most certainly has a unique stance in the comedy world. A refreshing approach to the term stand-up. He had spent many years tiling roofs before branching into the comedy circle which has propelled him higher than any of those roof s could have. A man of many talents. A roofer who can play the guitar and who was raised by fuckwitts but didn’t turn into too much of a fuckwitt himself!

I personally enjoyed the show. An hour and a half of pure laughs. The Aussies definitely came out in force and I had that odd feeling of being the only British person there! It was at this point it dawned on me, ‘OMG! What if I don’t understand any of the context?’ Another doubt which was unwarranted! There were only a few moments where the accent made things difficult to understand as Carl got more passionate about a joke. And a few of the sayings appeared to have different meanings. It took about ten mentions of the line ‘she had the shits’ to understand that in Australia it actually means to be annoyed with someone. Over here in the UK we tend to use that line to convey someone has diarreha! A little different!

My only real criticism would be that one or two of the jokes were dragged out a little longer than needed. At these points I did start to lose interest but this was reeled straight back in when the topic changed.

Hands down I can say he is the only non-offensive comedian I have seen. A lot fo comedians these days rely on controversial topics and stereotypes to win them laughs however Carl did not need any of this. His use of relatable and honest material made the whole of Hammersmith Apollo howl with laughter! I’d say that he is suitable for the whole family. It must be noted that he does swear during his shows but he actually highlighted this potential issue himself and then justified his reason for that so perfectly.

For me, it’s a great sign when the audience are quoting the show on the way home! “It wasn’t the first 15, it was those last 2” in my case referring to the sharing box of chicken nuggets demolished on the train home!

It’s a shame he only had one London date but be sure to keep an eye out for future UK dates on the website I shall link below. It really was a great night! He’s back doing shows in Australia and New Zealand for a little while now but be sure to snap up those tickets when he’s back on British soil. The Aussies will definitely put up a fight for tickets but give them a beer and they should be grand!

His website with the list of upcoming gigs: http://www.carlbarron.com