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Live Comedy - Britcom - Just For Laughs, Montreal 2012

Britcom

This year's Britcom at Theatre-Maisoneuve was a pleasant, albeit slightly longer than anticipated (clocking in at about 2 hours), display of some of Britain's top comedic talent. The host for the evening, Jimmy Carr,  did was he usually does:  a collection of hit or miss one.  Jimmy Carr's first half of the evening was moderately tame, but from the start of the second half Carr let the more crude and wild jokes fly and was appreciably funnier once he was unleashed.

The first act of the evening was Hal Cruttenden, who's  jokes focused on the world's problems ranging from obesity to economics. Cruttenden was very good, with the funniest jokes involving Britain's relationship with Northern Ireland.

Cruttenden was followed by Josh Howie, who left something to be desired. All of his jokes centered around being a control-freaky family man who's slightly OCD, and on the whole it was generally flat.

After Carr picked up the pieces left by Howie he threw it over to the very funny Alun Cochrane. Cocharne had an incredible bit of observational comedy regarding suitcases which in and of itself recommends checking him out.

After Cocharne came the funniest comedian of the evening,  Stephen K Amos, who was brilliant from beginning to end. Amos focused his short set on what it's like being a black man from Britain. After his brilliance, the audience was graced with the very strange Terry Alderton, who was hands down the strangest act. It is almost impossible to describe, it was just a bizarre compilation of high energy movement, him talking to himself, and at one point his "rewinding" his show, and acting it all out backwards. Despite its astronomical level of bizarreness, it was entertaining.

The comparatively tame Dave Gorman followed Alderton. Gorman, best known for his PowerPoint presentations, was one of the weaker sets of the evening but not dreadful.

The final act of the evening was Scottish Comedian Danny Bhoy, who was not as amazing as perhaps you'd hope a final set to be, but he was still quite good. Most of Bhoy's jokes involved talking about church hymns, and technological problems with printers. Bhoy is good to see in a setting where different comedians perform before him, as he has a special knack for making call backs to their performances that are quite funny. Overall, this year's Britcom was a very strong showing.

James Bernicky



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