The show is classic stand-up with a mix of stories and shorter punchier elements thrown in. A surprising but enjoyable element of this show is its polarising nature, listening to who laughs at what jokes.
Eve’s fascinating stories provided many discussion pieces. Some elements of the show were purely humour driven; however, others felt much deeper and could warrant further exploration in other performance formats. Eve had a good fluidity to her set, with her jokes and stories interlinking well.
The feel of the show changed when Eve became overly self-deprecating or commented negatively about others, with brief moments of anger potentially alienating certain audience members. These moments were short lived (and possibly necessary to the shows arc) but appeared to sit outside the show’s overall message.
One of the joys of the MICF is that it gives everyone the opportunity to come along and check out a new comedian they have never seen before. Unfortunately for Eve, a few slightly inebriated audience members attended the performance that thought stand-up comedy was a conversation. Eve handled the repeated interruptions superbly. While maintaining her cool and a positive feeling in the room, she incorporated their interruptions into her show well. Eve demonstrated skill and tact in dealing with this difficult situation.
Eve closed the show off well, demonstrating the clever writing that went into her maiden MICF show.
Check out Eve Ellenbogen in ‘Don’t Get Mad at Me’ from 30 March to 9 April 2017 [no Wednesday], at Trades Hall. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
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