Like very many sketch shows, ‘It’s Kevin’ has been patchy. Like very few, it’s been admirably reluctant to recycle material or characters, displayed an impressive breadth of reference (tonight, from the relaxing properties of dubstep to Picasso’s early years via ‘Carry On’ films and Dr Seuss) and boasted a few skits destined to go down as classics.
Nestling alongside the Amish Sex Pistols in the hall of fame tonight is Classic Threats magazine, ‘about things that don’t seem quite so scary any more’. You know, like the Millennium Bug or homosexuals. The self-referential links haven’t always worked in spite of a parade of guest stars – Johnny Vegas chips in tonight as a close-up magician – but such a steady stream of invention and readiness to toy with format should surely be rewarded with a second series. If only to find out whether Kevin resolves his crush on the lovely Wendy Wilson…
Strongroom Bar & Kitchen
Strongroom Bar & Kitchen has been a Shoreditch fixture for nearly 20 years which, admirably, makes it something of a stalwart in a part of town not exactly averse to a whim or two. It's home to Strongroom recording studios, a free late-night music venue and a restaurant serving food from breakfast onwards. The kitchen hosts three-month pop ups. It's now being looked after by Salt & Dry - a street food duo specialising in pizzas, own-cured meats and grills cooked up on a barbecue set up in a burned-out Morris Minor. Dishes range from pulled pork and kimchi pasties, poutine and hot wings to salads, a burger made with Hereford blade, mackerel escovitch and a Ghurka chicken curry. The extensive beer lays heavy emphasis on microbreweries both home-grown and international. Check their website for details of live music and DJ nights.
Venue says: “Every Wednesday enjoy 10% off all singles and 20% off all double whisk(e)ys! As part of our #whiskyweds deal.”