REVIEW – JOY MULTIPLICATION PRESENTS: OUR WORST VAULT YET – VAULT FESTIVAL

A gang of four ‘horny’ comedy pals bang out a lineup of new material, tickling the crowd in a playfully open set.

Sam Lake plays a charming, sassy, and immediately dependable host, introducing three of his fave amigos. His teasing yet genuine interest in the crowd warms the space perfectly, setting the scene for a night of queer commentary, creationism, and keyboards.

Olga Koch is up next, running through material for her upcoming Radio 4 show with the speed of a WhatsApp voice note on x1.5. There’s probably enough material here for a whole VAULT show, but it’s probably cheaper and more fun to try stuff out with a group of known accomplices. Whilst losing some connection with the audience for reading the material off her phone, it’s lively, clever, and bursting with character, and the frequent stepping in and out of storytelling mode leaves no room for thinking she isn’t listening.

Huge Davies follows with a much more low-key style, lulling us into his jokes with deadpan, musical stories of Nando’s, The Apprentice and the festive tragedy of The Snowman. There’s something very relaxed and confident in the slow unfolding of these set pieces, and his soft, struggling stonery vibe is instantly relatable.

Chloe Petts rounds off the lineup with a grounded, witty, and unapologetic commentary on gender that oozes with confidence. Whether it’s ribbing the audience for sitting in weird places or teasing the three straight guys who do admittedly all look the same, she’s totally in touch with her audience in a way that feels genuinely exciting. The level of observation, joy, and banter in her material belies a powerfully strong identity, and she commands the stage.

Overall, this is a great night of comedy with four comparably talented and strangely compatible acts that suggests an even greater potential in the sum of its parts. While not explicitly billed as a WIP and demonstrating different levels of ‘readiness’ for a live crowd, it’s consistently young, fun, and full of… understanding.

Occasionally stories will hint at the origin story of this foursome, with one moment of spontaneous mic sharing bringing to light the possibility for collaborative comic fun. Could they have leaned into this more? Perhaps. At times it felt almost like there was more going on offstage than on, with the mention of a high kick competition taking place behind the curtain making me wonder: why are we being excluded from this wonder!?

This might just be an opportunity to test new material in a friendly space, but I’d love to see this group develop a format that could bring the identity of Joy Multiplication into greater focus. Together they possess an abundance of wit and talent, and it’s a real treat to have these innovative and sparky stars-on-the-rise in a group like this. Now I want the sitcom of their lives, to see more of the mismatched dynamic at play, and grasp how four friends all vying to be the funniest might relate to each other.

Sam mentions a time they all went to Gateshead to write a Eurovision song — with edibles, in a hot tub! All the elements are there. The only thing they need to do now is sing it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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VAULT Festival has been left without a venue for 2024’s festival and beyond
• VAULT Festival have launched a #SaveVAULT campaign
• The campaign aims are to raise £150,000 by 19th March to support the festival’s survival AND to secure a new home for the festival to continue.
• You can help by donating, helping access funding networks, and helping then find a venue.
• You are officially implored to make the most of 2023’s Festival while it lasts!

{🎟 AD – PR invite – Tickets were gifted in exchange for an honest review}

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