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Captain ‘The Butcher’ Reality – Bunbury Review

Captain ‘The Butcher’ Reality – 15:00 @ The 3 Broomsticks – (Venue 398) Aug 4-13, 15-25th
PBH’s Free Fringe

 Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is explosive from the start, bursting with energy and full of good natured fun. it is an entirely emersive show with excellent audience participation which not only adds to the show in general but puts all at ease. Packed with charm, it really is very cleverly written, capturing the room early on and holding the onlookers, captivated. Occasionally flirting with slightly naughty humour, the fabulous, bold writing paired with the character of ‘Captain  The Butcher’ Reality truly shows the talent on offer here.
It certainly is one of the most unique ways of presenting poetry we at Bunbury Magazine have seen.
This playful show hits that magic midway point where both the kids and adults are laughing at the same joke but at different things. Did we mention? This show, in our opinion is definitely appropriate for kids of about 7 upwards. It’s one of the many excellent

There is a reason  this charmingly cheeky  show has 5 stars off Bunbury and you have to go see it to find out why. If you don’t you’ll be doing yourself a disservice.

Mark Simmons – One Linerer

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

If one-line comedy were a religion, then Mark Simmons would be a Jedi Master of the craft. I have often thought that it must take an incredible mind to write a complete hour of clever, daft and whimsical word-play. Mark displays the very best of a sharp, quick-firing mind right from the very first moment of this show – he walks amongst the audience with a bag of popcorn, offering it the those gathered. Mark then riffs a few jokes from a quick chat with the various people taking the snack.

 

This is an hour of comedy of the highest standard, with Mark weaving quick one-line jokes, physical jokes and puns with something I have never seen at a comedy show of this ilk before – a longer narrative, which I will not reveal here but was hugely impressive. Every moment tied together, from start to finish in a set that demonstrates Mark’s ability to play with the form.

 

This intelligence and awareness comes along with some of the easiest charm to be found in comedy today.

Mark Simmons – One Linerer

Part of the PBH Free Fringe.

Bar Bados.

1500.

Until 26th.

Written by Christopher Moriarty

Rich and Morty

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Often, it can be difficult to review ‘compilation’ shows. The styles of the comedians can, whilst being good in their own right, deter from an overarching narrative in the show, or create an absence of one.
Whilst talking to Rich Sheehy before the show, he explained to me that this wasn’t the show he originally intended to bring up. His comedy partner had to leave due to reasons I will not disclose here.
I find it important to mention these things as, despite this and other things that have thrown spanners into Rich’s works, he has managed to put on an excellent show, full of dark, wry humour.
It is also pertinent to say these things as Rich has managed to create a compilation show with a theme, something I have never seen before. It is his quest, every night, to try and find the ‘Mortiest Morty’ amongst the guests he has invited to the show – on this night, two very funny ‘Mortys’ indeed.
For the man himself, he delivered humour that cut to the bone, was fantasitcally satirical with a great deal of charm and cheek. There were tightly-written segues in between songs which popped with parody and jet-black humour. He dealt with topics which could have left the audience feling uncomfortable but Rich dealt with them in a very clever manner, with the afformentioned charm mixing to create a memorable set.
I have no doubt that Rich will have some fantastic Mortys lined up for the rest of the Fringe run. If you want to see some of the best performers at the Festival, as well as some jet black humour that will leave you squirming with laughter, then get yourself down to Rich and Morty.

Rich Sheehy – Rich and Morty.

Part of the PBH Free Fringe.

Southsider.

2245.

Until 26th.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Gary Sansome – Bald Man Sings Rihanna

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A lot of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have a deep message behind them – they concern the performer overcoming hardships and tragedies in a meticulously written narrative. It may sound like a disservice to say that Bald Man Sings Rihanna is not one of these shows. This is genuinely a compliment. What Gary Sansome presents in this hour of comedy is escapism of the highest order.
Even before the show began, Gary was playing with the crowd as they came in and found their seats, which he then rounded off by high-fiving every single person present. The start of the show was chaos, leading into rousing renditions of the Scottish National Anthem and the Barbados National Anthem (well, sort of).
The next hour was filled with superb crown-work, improvisation and the largest amount of energy I have ever seen used on stage. Gary made sure every single person in the room was in on the fun.
The show, as we may have guessed by the title, concerns a bald man, namely Gary, singing the songs of Rihanna – but not just Rihanna. We were also treated to the hits of JLS, Katy Perry and Kendrick Lamar. These songs were used as springboards for a lot of greatly-crafted jokes and improvisation.
If you want an hour of pure entertainment and hilarity, get to see Gary Sansome – and take your best singing voice with you!

Gary Sansome – Bald Man Sings Rihanna.

Part of the PBH Free Fringe.

Globe Bar.

2030.

Until 27th.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Tom Little – Rightly or Wrongly, for Better or Worse, the Fact Is This Is…

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Tom Little is a rare brand of comedian. A comedian who takes an idea, no matter how old or new, and presents it without airs or graces. He presents it, then presents it again and again, taking the idea to its logical conclusion, past its limit and into a new dimension of hilarity.

 

Tom presents his comedic ideas with an energy and impact that is hard to ignore, not that you would want to. The focus he brings to the stage, both in his own intent and bringing the audience into his world, adds an intensity and urgency to his words as each laugh, each punchline rattles around the room.

 

This show is about his journey growing up, one long narrative which flips from childhood to adulthood, taking absurdist turns towards yoghurt in the classroom, Gary Brooker and protractors. There is much more going on as well but it would be remiss of me to post spoilers here. Tom uses repetition to its absolute highest, flipping jokes on their heads in an enviable manner.

 

Tom’s writing is absolutely incisive, intelligently written and delivered in a way that leaves the audience twisting and turning every time he pulls the unexpected from unexpected places.

 

Tom Little – Rightly or Wrongly, for Better or Worse, the Fact Is This Is…

Part of the PBH Free Fringe.

Black Market.

1445.

Until 26th.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.