Reviews of comedians Chris Cairns, Daniel Sloss and Keith Carter during Liverpool Comedy Festival.

Originally published in The Liverpool Echo

Chris Cairns

With recommendations from John Bishop, Sarah Millican, and Jason Manford, the pressure was on for Liverpool’s reigning comedian of the year, Chris Cairns, to live up to the hype last night.

With the room constantly filled with laughter, he certainly delivered the goods and didn’t let anyone down.

With a solid support from Phil Chapman, Cairns had the room in stitches with ad libbing, audience participation and his hilarious set, revolving around the theme of unusual facts. The night was as educational as it was humorous – who knew that the act of oral sex was illegal in Malaysia eh?

Value for money was secured as the show over ran with Chris answering questions submitted from the audience at the end of the evening.

Another exceptional performance at The Laughter House has ensured that the Liverpool Comedy Festival continues it’s fine run of form this year.

Daniel Sloss

Daniel Sloss cemented his status as the UK’s fastest rising comedy star with a hysterical , and at times, risqué set at The Laughter House last night.

On the 5th night of his oh so creatively named, ‘Stand Up’, tour, Sloss manages to deliver anecdotes and hypothetical scenarios in such an amusing manner that, at times, his comic delivery is even funnier than the joke itself. Highlights of the evening are when the more controversial jokes fill the room with gasps of shock, as well as laughter.

Support act and warm up, Geordie comic Kai Humphries, acts as the perfect accompaniment to the comic sensation and is certainly on a par with the main act itself.

With a look of both Russell Howard and Chris Ramsey, it’s fair to say that after watching Sloss’ routine that it won’t be long until he becomes a household name, just like his lookalikes.

Keith Carter

Last night saw The Laughter House host local lad, Keith Carter perform as part of The Liverpool Comedy Festival.

Carter’s creation, Peter Sutcliffe (Not that one) got the crowd laughing from the off as a posh, property developer acting as the evenings compare. There’s certainly an element of Alan Partridge to the character as he goes about his scathing social observations – finishing nicely with a rap rendition as  ‘The P Man’.

In contrast to the outrageously posh parody, was the main act; Nige – with his take on signing on, families and experiences with aliens. An acoustic performance of his song ‘I’m Dead’, scheduled to be played at his funeral, was certainly the night’s highlight.

Carter’s portrayal of both characters was executed wonderfully and made for an enjoyable evening. It certainly left me wanting to see what other creations Carter has to offer the comedy world.

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