You never know what delights you may find at the Free Fringe – and one of those delights is Tal Davies and Hannah Weetman: Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Iguanas.
In a tiny karaoke booth in the City Cafe, the two comedians split their hour slot to allow both to showcase their standup skills; I am unsure whether the microphones are necessary in the intimate space.
First is Hannah Weetman, who includes anecdotes about being 26, still not having a driver’s licence, being excited about homeware, and being a liability at a wedding. It’s a good set, delivered well, but I feel there are some tweaks to be made here – not every joke landed as intended, and at times she could slow down slightly to allow digestion of the joke before we move along.
Next is Tal Davies – this set is much more polished, Davies confidently commands the stage and seems much more at ease in front of this rather large crowd in such a small room. Davies speaks of being somewhat of a tramp (her words not mine), of sit-down showers, adopting stick insects, and smear tests. It’s a varied set, much of it is understandable for most of us – the Deliveroo driver really does see us at our worst – maybe the stick insect abortions are less relatable, but it’s definitely hysterical.
I’m unsure where the show’s title comes from, but this is a great hour of stand-up. Yes, you can go and see big names at the Fringe, but I urge everyone to go and see up-and-coming comics too because often you’ll find gems like these two. It’s refreshingly relatable and highly amusing. I’m excited to see where they both go next!
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