A relatively new comedy night in Hove’s premium arts centre, Laughtermarket has taken the residents by storm with an incredibly well programmed evening of comedy talents, mixing a promising select few from Brighton’s florishing new act circuit with names already creating a stir in the Big Smoke and a recognisably good value headliner in the anarchically delightful Mr Phil Kay. Opening was local comedy belle du jour Angela Barnes, proving that she’s no flash in the pan with her strong persona and excellently executed gags she captivated this rowdy audience from start to finish. Tackling the difficult task of following her was Steve Law, whose domineering frame was used to great effect on the small stage as he engaged swimmingly with hecklers. Katerina Vrang’s show-stopping crescendo of a set piece, harangued by the reception class of the globe, was a delightfully sharp surprise to close the first section.
Roz Ryan’s charm opened proceedings again with a polished delivery, charming persona and well honed gags, followed by the unique party animal that is Kayo – rabble rousing and entertaining – and then Darren Maskell’s off the wall compellingly barmy glint of part genius/part loopy/all never-seen-before as he broke the mould in 20-something young men doing comedy, attired in a panda onesie. A top night at the bargain price of £1.50, carefully honed by its curators Sami Stone and tonight’s rocking compere Rue Barrett – audience-wrangling and personal philosphy espousing, to our glee. A regular haunt for all comedy fans.
The Old Market, 12 April 2012