COMEDY REVIEW: Adam Rowe, Lauren Pattison @ The Customs House, South Shields (8.01.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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A relaxed and wildly hilarious evening of original, brave and inventive comedy, and one that surpassed all prior expectations. Lauren Pattison did a fine job of warming up the crowd, proving that a warm-up act really can produce just as many laughs as the star of the show. Lauren was energetic and infectiously scatty, her material spanned from experiences down under as a Geordie, growing up poor, Geordie shore and her Tory boyfriend whom she met in the disdained place us Geordies call ‘south’. Lauren delivered millennial female stand-up at its finest; brash and unapologetic.

Adam Rowe captivated the audience start to finish, with his Scouse charm, natural ability to improvise and read the room and of course his brutally honest and refreshingly opinionated stand-up. Adam formed a satirical, crude, yet cheerful relationship with his audience, a highlight of which was one young man seated up front being interrogated “but would you fuck Caitlyn Jenner”. Although a few gasps and uncomfortable faces could be seen throughout Adam ascertained the audience weren’t easily offended and reminded us during gags that freedom of speech is rightly at the heart of comedy as popular culture. No part of modern life and debate was sacred in Rowe’s material as he satirised racism, Brexit, fat-shaming, homophobia, paedophilia and the generational angst between younger and older members of society. Though I’m sure not everyone’s cup of tea and at times confrontational and controversial, Rowe’s performance was unpredictable, original and a sublime example of what stand-up is all about.


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