Jimmy Carr says he does not often host a stand-up comedy show. He should, unless it prevents him from giving his own one-man show. Carr was excellent last night as MC for the Just For Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival classic and audience favorite Bubbling With Laughter.
I never miss Bubbling With Laughter. This is a very good bang for your entertainment dollar: 8 comics and a host. Carr was great as host, focusing his act on stringed one-liners. The MC must both warm up the audience and sometimes bring it back after a bad act without stealing the show and making the other comics’ job impossible. Nobody was a bad act but Carr was funny without stealing the limelight.
The first half of this Bubbling With Laughter featured Dan Levy, Gina Yashere, Improvised Shakespeare, and Jimeon. Yashere was very good and Levy was pretty good. Less impressive was Improvised Shakespeare who showed up on stage to supposedly improvise a Shakespeare style play based on audience suggestion. They cheated with something nobody in the audience suggested and using what was obviously a set piece loosely referring to that so-called suggestion. Jimeon, who looks like a bald Mike McDonald, closed the first half and failed to impress me.
The second half of this Bubbling With Laughter was much better. British stand-up comic Mark Watson killed. This guy I really want to see again (and not only because I got to play unwanted translator from the audience).
Canadian Mike Wilmot killed. It is that simple. Ross Noble, who looks like Tiny Tim of Tiptoe Through The Tulips fame, was very wild and off the wall. I enjoyed his act very much. The closer for this particular Bubbling With Laughter show was Godfrey and he too killed.
Bubbling With Laughter continues from July 21st to 25th with two shows on the July 22, 23, and 24.