Monday night’s live performance at London’s Pleasance Theatre was the ultimate feast of comedy talent.
Opening the evening proceedings was 30-year-old comedian Nathan Caton, who made two entrances and received a warm welcome in return. Caton instantly interacted with the audience with an inquisitive style of heckling. His main victim – who sat less than a metre away from him in the front row – kept getting questioned by Caton before stating, ‘is this the me show?’.
This received the biggest laugh within the first five minutes, with the London born comedian apologizing but continuing to ask more intriguing and personal questions. The topic went on to relationships and how this poor gentleman met his girlfriend through blind dates, which allowed Caton to relay his own personal ordeals of the worse first dates he’s been on. He then went on to discuss recent fears of terrorism, Ebola, UKIP and, bizarrely, Miley Cyrus.
Caton’s material is a work in progress that frequently emitted gasps from the audience; hopefully some of this hilarious material will make it to next year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Having previously featured on Russell Howard’s Good News, the comedian’s relaxed comedy style and smooth approach made his performance all the more enjoyable.
A surprise guest and unannounced act on the bill was Suzi Ruffell, who took to the stage with a short set.
Ruffell – who’s written for shows including 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Stand Up For The Week and The Last Leg – gave a lively and energetic performance. However, the comedienne’s sometimes-frantic set did cause some confusion, with some audience members finding it hard to grasp the fast-paced and nervous comedy style.
Ruffell ended her brief 15 minute set with a story of the ‘worst day of her life’ and how she missed one of her comedy gigs due to two glasses of wine and mistakenly taking two back pain tablets. It was an impressive end to the relatively short performance.
After a quick interval, it was Crawley born comedian Romesh Ranganathan’s turn to amuse the audience.
The 36-year-old comedian’s narrative correlated with Caton’s by featuring topics such as Ebola and UKIP but with a more harsh and controversial outlook, which left the audience in hysterics; it’s his brash and miserable outlook on life that has made him so popular.
Ranganathan, who has supported the likes of Ricky Gervais, Sean Walsh and Paul Chowdhry, covered subjects such as Iggy Azalea and the TV programme Googlebox, with Ranganathan pondering why the Channel 4 show has become so popular when it’s essentially ‘people watching other people watch television’. The comedian’s view on iPhones was a particular highlight, which saw him discussing how he’ll forever be trapped by Apple, never escaping to any other phone brand.
Towards the end of the set, the comedian deliberated on cinema, overpriced popcorn and how he became emotional during the end of Men in Black 3; more so than his father’s death or the birth of any his three children, questioning his own human emotions.
Overall the night exhibited an array of alternative comedy with raw talent emerging and a hint of what next years’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival might entail.