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Review: Tom Wrigglesworth, Danny Deegan & Tiernan Douieb - Blake’s Coffee House, Newcastle. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Dipper   
25 06 2010
ImageCrammed with talented local performers such as Sarah Millican, John Bishop and rising star Chris Ramsey, Hilarity Bites' Edinburgh preview shows will likely prove too good to resist for most this summer. On another pleasant yet humid Thursday night at Blake's Coffee House, Hilarity Bites Comedy Club presented one of the best acts from last year's Fringe Festival as Tom Wrigglesworth previewed his new Edinburgh show, entitled Tom Wrigglesworth's Nightmare Dream Wedding.

Having arrived ridiculously early for the gig (and consequentially securing possibly the best seats in the comedy club),  I patiently awaited the arrival of compere Tiernan Douieb to begin the first of many Hilarity Bites' Edinburgh preview shows over the coming months. Douieb was a friendly host, warming up the quiet audience with jokes about New Orleans, Doctor Who and his boyish look - which complimented his light-hearted style - before introducing Danny Deegan to the stage.

ImageThe Mancunian comic was a solid support act for Tom Wrigglesworth, opening his set with a funny anecdote concerning the lack of jokes in his material, before moving on to well rehearsed gags about changing his (now ex) girlfriend's ringtone, marriage and trying to kill his grandmother; indeed Deegan's darker material was the highlight of his short set at Blake's. However, the 27 year old's good performance was undermined by his ‘I fucking hate students' remark, which created an uneasy atmosphere at Blake's and appeared to sever the necessary connection between comic and audience. Not good at all.

Following the short break, MC Douieb introduced final act Tom Wrigglesworth to the make-shift stage to give the audience a peek of his Edinburgh show, Tom Wrigglesworth's Nightmare Dream Wedding. Primed with a pen, a note-pad and a ridiculous amount of hair, the Sheffield-born comedian delivered a forty minute set of intelligent comedy, packed with jokes about ‘internationally recognised brand Colgate', his explicable hate for Jeremy Kyle, and a controversial but hilarious routine about burkas that divided the audience  - ‘That one needs some work', Wrigglesworth noted in his pad.

However, with just under two months to go ‘til The Fringe kicks off in Edinburgh, Wrigglesworth's show is already starting to take shape. Despite his expectedly raw material, the evidently clever comic still managed to piece together a wonderfully compelling set worthy of the £8 entry fee; and, with a little tweak here and there, Tom Wrigglesworth's Nightmare Dream Wedding could become one of the highlights of this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Tickets for all shows are available from the Hilarity Bites website, priced at £8, or otherwise £10 on the door.

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