Cupcakes with Colebrook and Khoshsokhan
A two-hander combining in-your-face clowning, subtle discomforts and cakes at the Free Fringe
This article is from 2014.
Joining forces and halving the risk of putting on a Fringe show, George Colebrook and Amir Khoshsokhan each contribute a very different 20-minute set. Colebrook short-circuits the expected set-up / joke structure and replaces it with an unsettling interactive breed of clowning. Using mime, smatterings of foreign language and odd vocalisations he eschews stage conventions and pushes the audience into their discomfort zone with an act more akin to Red Bastard’s audience-baiting than The Boy with Tape on his Face’s crowd-pleasing. While being scared rigid in a basement is not everyone’s idea of comedy, the honesty of the interaction between performer and audience is a refreshing antidote to other shows’ seemingly ubiquitous self-deprecating anecdotes about online dating.
Also refreshing to the palate among a Fringe diet of the louder, the brasher and the zanier is Khoshsokhan’s wide-eyed, soft-voiced, male ingénue. On the outs with his girlfriend, he recounts a relationship through an ironic façade, playing the audience’s discomfort in much more subtle ways. More conventional than Colebrook, he treats the crowd to a neat little set containing a series of domino pay-offs.
It's not that Colebrook and Khoshsokhan aren't worthy of the few minutes they ask of your time, but they're competing with many other shows that are more deserving. Although those shows probably don't have cupcakes.
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