Poise, beauty, gravitas and wit. Ali McGregor is an amazing woman and there are only positive words to describe her talents as a performer. Ali McGregor runs a comedy show that guarantees a good night at the festival. Ali McGregor invites you to a show that feels like she has handcrafted it, with emphasis on the talent that she has handpicked to feature on her show. These comedians have earned the privilege of performing alongside Ali McGregor not the right.
What takes Ali McGregor’s comedy to the next level is confidence and ownership of her skill. There are few performers that can control a stage like her. This adds to her scripted comedy but also amplifies any audience interaction that may occur.
When you walk into the ‘Famous Spiegeltent’ you are transported into a different world that makes you forget your troubles and eagerly await the show. For this particular Saturday night’s iteration of the show, Ali McGregor had selected Girls Sing It Better, Steen Raskopoulous, Lords of Strut, Denis Lock and Tom Gleeson for short but engaging sets.
- Girls Sing It Better smashed out a couple of powerful and hilarious songs in quick succession. There is a lot of talent not just in their voices but animated stage presence as well.
- Steen Raskopoulous made the best of a very short set. Despite his penchant for sunscreen, the finale of this brief set was hilarious and still makes me laugh when I think about it – “so classy”.
- Where have ‘Lords of Strut’ been all my life? Pure entertainment. Ali McGregor’s familiarity with the duo just amplified the experience.
- Speaking of Ali McGregor’s composure on stage, what I would give to see a double act with Denis Lock. Denis Lock had the entire audience enchanted for the entirety of his set. While his magic was enthralling it was his calmness on stage and the way he held himself that made his set so memorable.
- Tom Gleeson is a funny guy who knows how the system works. Tom put on a pretty decent short set of mostly observational comedy which rounded out the evening nicely.