Ellis & Rose: Obsolete
A horrible double act set with no redeeming features
It's unlikely whether a room has cleared so quickly after ten minutes than the one which Ellis & Rose hosted one fateful Saturday during August. Perhaps it's not been like this every day for them, but the ramshackle and ill-judged way they set about their brazenly unfunny banter session meant that a room which was vaguely hushed to begin with grew in chatty frustration as it became clear that the duo had virtually nothing to offer.
Starting off with an imaginary meeting with Stewart Lee in which he rudely told them that the double act is a thing of the past, the pair take this as a challenge to prove him wrong. The crazy twist to the initial set-up is that (spoiler alert!) Lee used to be in a double act with Richard Herring, and is only trying to protect them from certain disaster. It's unlikely that they will pay much heed to that as their all-too pointedly titled Obsolete is leading them well on the way to certain catastrophe.
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, until 27 Aug, 5.15pm, free.