At first sight Jack Evans’ show appears to be like a darkly Northern homage to our collective teens watching The Mighty Boosh, whilst reliving Vic and Bob sketches in the college canteen. Fundamentally, it’s much more than that. Effortlessly keen observations, indulgently left-field wordplay, and a roster of character that can be easily imagined as part of any of the aforementioned British classics, turn his show into an alternative tour de force.

Evans is able to inject energy into even the most difficult of rooms. It’s a humour that’s buried in his bones, that rare thing of a man whose presence is simply funny. The characters are, for the most part, sublime. While there are the odd couple which don’t quite hit the mark, others outshine them to the point of almost demanding their own sitcom.

It’s a fantastic example of alternative comedy from a true original, in the style of everything we know and love from the genre.

Words: Tom Crosby

Jack Evans: Melancholy Poontang, Cowgatehead, Aug 23-27, 4:45pm

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