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Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult review

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Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer and Reviewer

Pritchard-McLean uses this hilarious, frank and thoughtful show to deliver an important call to arms.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean is a creative whirlwind, the driving force behind the brilliant Gein’s Family Giftshop, All Killa No Filla podcast, Amusical cabaret events and Suspiciously Cheap Comedy nights.  And in her second hour-long solo show, she proves herself to be an extremely impressive stand-up, as adept at handling heavy subject matters as she is unleashing punchy lines laced with Northern mischief.

Appropriate Adult deals with Pritchard-McLean’s rocky 2017 that “changed everything” when she split from her partner and had to shelve plans to adopt and start a family.  Understandably, she was hit hard by the break-up and initially unsure whether to discuss it onstage.  But, having chosen to do so, Pritchard-McLean handles it thoughtfully and without malice, concluding each display of vulnerability with a killer line.

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Category: Comedy

What’s On London Comedy Awards 2017

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Now the New Year bells have finished chiming, it’s time to announce our Comedy Awards for the year just gone and news of where you can catch these fantastic acts in the months ahead.

There’s no shortage of talent around, so whittling down the vast forest of performers to a handful for each category has been tricky and some excellent comics have had to be overlooked.  On the plus side, that competition for bums on seats is driving artists onto new heights, constantly pushing boundaries of subject matter, delivery style and occasionally taste.

This is superb news for Londoners because, despite underlying political and economic uncertainty, its comedy scene is thriving.  While leading lights like Soho Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre and The Comedy Store will always drawn top acts and expectant audiences, it’s been fantastic to see less established venues such as 2Northdown and The Bill Murray host some of the biggest names in comedy this year, while monthly events like Suspiciously Cheap Comedy, Knock2bag and Rye Laughs regularly put on the best mixed bills in the country.

So take our advice and fill your 2018 with grins, chuckles and snorts by heading along to those venues or catching our top picks in stand-up, character, storytelling, musical, sketch and improvised comedy for 2017.

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Category: Comedy
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Rachel Parris: Keynote review

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Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Parris delivers an upbeat message for the next generation, showcasing her recent development as a stand-up.

Over the past twelve months, Rachel Parris has started to tap into the sort of success her abilities warrant.  This has come at a price: an ominous invitation to deliver a motivational speech at her alma mater, Loughborough High School, in September.  The self-deprecating comedian, musician and actress is concerned she will have nothing of value to say to these “500 teenage girls with the education of princesses, but with the gritty realism of the East Midlands”, so uses Keynote to air what she’d like to share with the next generation and garner other ideas from her audience.

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Category: Comedy