Review: Impro Comedy All Stars – Baltic Square, Gateshead Quays
The Geordie crowd at the Jesterval Comedy Festival are not exactly shy when it comes to shouting out names, places and situations for the five performers to instantly turn into sketches.
Since the performers are rotated between sketches, allowing each of the cast to take a breather, the momentum never drops, and the evening rattles on at a rapid pace as we are treated to sketch after sketch.
As with spontaneous put downs to hecklers, there will be inevitably be a bank of gags for things that will crop up regularly, such as particular postures, there are many mightily impressive moments. The sections in which the performers have to complete each other’s sentences require an enormous degree of concentration.
Ending with a hilarious section where they each performer provides the voice for another, Smart et al prove that the art of improv is alive and well.
Date of live review: Saturday 5 October 2013