Committed attempt to rouse a crowd with calculated nonsense doesn't quite succeed
Wistful, whimsical, carefree surrealism is one of the trickier comedy sub-genres to pull off in a live setting, and while you can only stand back and admire Cheekykita for commitment to the cause, sitting down for an hour of her shtick can be a mite wearying. Framing Somewhere in the Ether as nothing but a dream allows this droll northerner to go anywhere she wants, but bringing a crowd along is an ongoing challenge as she continually attempts to whip us up into a state of interest.
'Don't worry if it doesn't make sense', she assures us while sticking her head through a hole she's made in a duvet as we meet the likes of Dave the Crow and a 'Creep'-singing spider with a 'bubble mouth'. The talking anus might be a stretch too far for some, but full credit to Cheekykita that within even this most nonsensical of universes, there's still room for a bit of Brexit satire, with Deep Blue Something's 'classic' from the mid-90s,'Breakfast at Tiffany's' being mildly manipulated.
By the time we've let off our final party popper and waved our last glow stick, it's time to head back to reality. 'I know this is a silly show,' says Cheekykita as if this makes up for the largely laugh-free dreamscape we've sat in for 60 minutes.
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, run ended.