Come heckle Joshua Ladgrove whilst he talks at you for 52 minutes in exchange for some of your money
"UTTERLY BRILLIANT AND HILARIOUS, AND WORTH A SECOND VIEWING"
Words: Brianna Rositano
The title pretty much sums it up, other than the money part of course, as this is a free show. The only thing you spend in order to attend is 52 minutes of your time, but it is time enjoyably spent and passes much more quickly than you expect.
Our host, in a magnificent and befittingly outrageous suit, is an intelligent former mechatronics engineer with an affinity for a specific tablet computer. Whatever you do, don’t mention the recent release of the new version.
His character is presenting a partly planned stand up show, seeking regular audience feedback as to what ought and ought not to be included. Material covered by the comedian ranged from James Bond interludes to pornography to asylum seekers. However even by touching on pornography there was never a sense of sexism or any over reliance on crude humour. This was hilarious and friendly rather than savage humour.
The pool noodle disco dance was utterly brilliant and hilarious, and worth a second viewing.
The tiny ultra-intimate venue of Rivers Studio at the Tuxedo Cat permits the level of audience interaction that the title would have you anticipate. And, thankfully, also provided adequate air conditioning despite the heat in the waiting area downstairs. There was a very small audience, and probably this was to some extent due to the location of the venue, as well as the 11:00pm start. The small crowd may have been bit of a shame as while the pre-prepared material was funny, the improvised reaction to audience members’ comments was the real strength of the show. Although perhaps it was the familiarity developing between Joshua Ladgrove and the audience members that made this so funny, and this may not have so easily developed with a larger crowd.
Regular retorts to and from the sound technician added to the intimate humour. The fourth wall was not so much penetrated but rather was never there to begin with; this was a performance but it was also a conversation with an intelligently witty comedian.
Come Heckle would still be a bargain even if you did have to exchange some of your money for the fun of attending, and despite the short hike from the majority of the other fringe venues.