Jonny Pelham and George Zach: Subtitles Not Provided
Split hour offers two different outsiders' perspectives, but doesn’t quite hit the mark
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It’s a set of two halves, and although they operate with very different styles, Jonny Pelham and George Zach both work their perspective as outsiders - for differing reasons - in each of their half-hour timeslots. Pelham opts for a line in self-deprecating, existential ponderings, and looks at his upbringing with his therapist parents and the complicated questions this raised. He calls his set ‘slightly shambolic, but in a fun, fun way,’ and it’s not a bad summary of a smart and likeable if subdued act.
Zach, originally from Greece, starts by looking at comedians’ schadenfreude when another bombs, and moves on to the cultural differences he stumbled over when coming to the UK - although you'd think performing in the 'Athens of the north' would make him feel at home (Is this thing on?). He also looks at his adopted homeland’s sense of humour, which he seems to have acclimatised to pretty smoothly, working decent laughs from subjects like dating mishaps and naked bike rides (don’t ask), as well as off-the-cuff moments. However, although he gets altruistic points for cutting his set short by five minutes to let one audience member make it to his next show, some material, like the section on call centre work, doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Jekyll & Hyde, 225 2022, until 24 Aug, 5.30pm, free.