Review: Delightful Sausage @ XS Malarkey

SKETCH duo, The Delightful Sausage, performed their unique style of abstract comedy at XS Malarkey in Manchester last night.

Fans of intellectual, thought provoking comedy would wince at this act, but if silly is your bag, then these two are bankers.

Chris Cantrill and Amy Gledhill form the duo, with Amy living up to the act’s name by relishing her role dressed as a hot dog. With the humble sausage being inherently funny, even to the most prudish, the audience are set off tittering immediately.

 

Silly comedy can easily nose dive and, despite its frenzied nature, needs a finesse in order to decipher the material most likely to work for a audiences.

Chris and Amy achieved this. Helped by inventing a clever vehicle for their jokes in the form of a mock seminar on internet advice, they gave themselves a structure for their seemingly random punch lines.

The duo bounced off each other well, with Amy providing the set ups for Chris, who’s deadpan delivery hit home the unusual, yet hilarious jokes.

Although residents of comedy clubs around Manchester, the duo will certainly find a home at Edinburgh this summer, with their comedy capturing the essence of the fringe festival.

 

Review: Athena Kugblenu @ XSMalarkey

Athena Kugblenu performed a set at Manchester’ regular comedy night, XS Malarkey, and in doing so demonstrated she has the ability to make her mark on the comedy scene.

Having received favourable reviews at last years Edinburgh Fringe, Athena has made more headway in this show and, despite being first on the bill, had the audience in stitches from the start.

A young London talent, Athena’s material is new, fresh and sharp. Her ‘resting bitch face’ routine is a hit, and by cleverly comparing relationships to a mobile phone in another skit, she is able to make a series of well thought out gags and innuendos.

Her exploration of racism, and particularly sexism, is refreshing, and she executes her jokes with the skill of an experienced comic.

Her persona resonates well with the slightly younger crowd, displaying an in trend attitude, while maintaining her relatability.

Athena is certainly one to watch, with her brand of clever observational comedy a win in the eyes of younger comedy fans.