Lach’s Antihoot (4 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Lach’s Antihoot

Open stage night from NYC

On any given night you can expect a stage filled with anything from magicians (Victorian duo Morgan and West have been along) to comedians (Rich Fulcher too) to a very large array of musicians (Meursault, Broken Records, and Panda Su to name a few). Lach, the anti-folk hero, has brought his New York institution to the Fringe to give anyone eight minutes – or two songs – to perform on the open stage at the Antihoot. In between sets he tells jokes, advertises for fake companies, and keeps the audience entertained while performers get their equipment ready.

The atmosphere is excellent. The short time on stage allows artists to focus on their best work, as well giving them ample opportunity to interact with other people attending. But the show’s success wouldn’t be much without the appreciation and respect of the audience; crucially, there’s a really good rapport between the people performing and those watching. Lach’s Antihoot is proof that the Fringe can still be an occasion for anyone and everyone to perform whatever they want.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 29 Aug (not 23 & 24), 12.30am, £10 (£9). Upcoming acts include We See Lights, 19 Aug; Panda Su, 20 Aug; Randan Discotheque, The Pineapple Chunks & Jo Mango, 21 Aug; Emily Scott & We See Lights, 25 Aug, plus The Magnets, Dean Friedman, Keith Farnan and John Moloney, dates TBC.

Lach's Antihoot

World premier! NYC's coolest hangout and longest running open-stage! Birthplace of Beck, Moldy Peaches, Regina Spektor and hundreds more. Think Letterman meets 'American Idol'. No two shows the same. 'Face-ache funny, beat-punk-unplugged joy.' (Guardian) Ages: 18+

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