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The Scary Halloween Show. The Invisible Dot.

| Comedy | 30/10/2013

The Invisible Dot

Nestled in the heart of King’s Cross, The Invisible Dot has rapidly become one of the hippest places to watch comedy in London.  Tonight it’s been done up for The Scary Halloween Show.  And by “done up”, I mean two ominous Jack-o’-lanterns sitting in the corner.  Whilst waiting for the show to begin, we’re treated to some eerie music from theremin player Susi O’ Neill.  Special mention goes to her, as these things are notoriously hard to play.  With the pre-match amble done and dusted, let’s crack on with the review.

Sheeps are a sketch trio comprised of Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alastair Roberts.  Quite frankly, they’re baa-rilliant (sorry). Sprinkling the evening with highly imaginative sketches, they crease up the audience like paper at an origami convention.  Comically infused musketeers, these boys are testament to the rule that good things come in three.

Wearing what appears to be the scalp of Friar Tuck, John Kearns babysits a ghost live on stage.  Spooky children’s literature, enjoyable silences, and discussions of Paxman/Brand feature heavily.  Difficult to define, easy to love; this is absurdist comedy with a curious warmth.

Sketch duo ‘The Pin’ are on excellent form.  Rattling off a list of “nasty” Halloween tricks, they serve up some highly watchable back and forths.  A modern take on the double act formula, Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen have more chemistry than a periodic table.

Jamie Demetriou’s disturbing nanny character is like something from The League of Gentlemen. Genuinely frightening, it’s a performance that somehow has the audience laughing and cowering simultaneously.  Never quite sure what she’s going to do or say next, Demetriou has conjured up a first rate creation from the darkest corners of his mind.  Ten minutes in her company and this evil Mary Poppins will haunt your dreams for years to come.

Last up, but by no means least, are Natasha Demetriou and Claudia O’ Doherty (aka The Aussie and The Greek).  Their set has a thrown-together-at-the-last-minute type of vibe but, in many ways, this only serves to enhance the fun of it.  Throw in a pig snout/curly wig combination, and you’ve got yourself an enjoyable end to a top night of comedy.

Paint your head orange, put a candle in your mouth; The Scary Halloween Show will leave you smiling like a pumpkin.

By Jack Clayton (@BilboTalk).

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