There is nothing particularly unique about Nichol’s late night variety show, but you’ll definitely have a good time. This is some low fidelity, late night escapism you can’t expect to have the highest production value. The show embodies everything the Fringe is about; it’s a daze of vaudeville and off-the-cuff comedy.

Accompanied by the ridiculously talented Nashville band The Good Company, the charming hosts, Bec Hill and Nichol, welcome different Fringe acts each night. When I went, Angela Barnes was the first, showcasing her down-to-earth wit in full strength. Two-thirds of the absurdly watchable Penny Dreadfuls were up next, performing their always funny brand of sketch comedy. Nichol built up the last act, Luisa Omielan, to be worthy of the final slot. Omielan seemed to have mistaken pulling faces and moving around on stage for comedy. However, I’m trying not to let that sully my experience of a genuinely entertaining show.

Words: Adam Wilson

Phil Nichol’s Cray Cray Cabaret, Assembly Rooms, 6-30 August (not 18, 19), 11.10pm

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