Camden Fringe – Buy One Get One Free: A Comedy Show

Comedy

Stand-up

Camden Head

Until Sat Aug 3 2013

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The first half of this comedy duo, the self proclaimed 'comic poet' was unfortunately a series of misshapen poems. Whilst the rhyming was creative and the performer energetic, these qualities alone do not constitute a laugh-a-minute affair. One poem, centering on the use of the suffix 'ate' (or '8' as it was intended to mock the use of text slang as in 'm8') seemed to cram in every possible word that happened to rhyme, which dragged on and became tiresome after the first couplet. Rhyming is easy, comic rhyming is not and this missed the mark. The second half of the act, Clara, provided some needed relief from her predecessors incessant bland poetry. She provided a few more laughs, but still lacked a je ne sais quoi, whether it was that by now we were all so deflated and at one point took to bouncing balloons around the room (a prop provided by the performers, which seemed to have no relevance). Some of the jokes were quite amusing, but it was a sunny afternoon and our drinks were dry. If the act had opened with Clara, our attention might not had dimmed so quickly. In summation, the name 'Buy One Get One Free' would imply good value for money, unfortunately we distinctly felt our pockets were £5 lighter than before we sat down for the show. Had the tickets themselves been BOGOF, I might have been more inclined to part with an hour of my time for this lacklustre entertainment.