‘Asking a comedian to improvise an entire stand-up set is like asking a magician to do actual magic.’ So say the creators of this fully improvised stand-up show of which this, the second episode, doesn’t disappoint.
Comedy purists will love the pared-back nature of it – watching comedians in a dingy club, their fear palpable, sweating as they think on their feet. You’ll gain a new admiration for comics too, as it exposes the finely-honed craft of a performer’s routine. As Rufus Hound sagely comments: ‘As long as you’re hilarious, nothing can go wrong.’ No pressure, then.
This week, American comedian Eddie Pepitone goes first, creating skits by responding to subject matter posted on a screen behind him. He doesn’t fare too badly, though quick-witted Matt Kirshen, who follows him, nails it. Luckily, he’s on before Robin Williams, who’s such a presence and a pro that he’d captivate an audience of wild baboons. Expect to see the likes of Drew Carey and Ross Noble in upcoming shows.
Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel
Situated opposite London's stunning and renowned Hyde Park, this five-star hotel offers unparalleled luxury. The decor at Grosvenor House is plush and warmly lit. There is a well equipped fitness centre, 24-hour room service and myriad onsite bars and restaurants to choose from. Take afternoon tea in the bright and elegant Park Room, or perhaps visit the JW Steakhouse, which is decked out in sophisticated dark wood and leather. Plus popular sites such as Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street and the Serpentine Gallery are all a walkable distance.
Venue says: “Afternoon tea: enjoy views of Hyde Park in the Park Room and tuck in to sandwiches, scones and cakes while enjoying a glass of champagne.”