Comedy Cuts: Tom Stade|Des Clarke|Dan Nightingale

des clarke. Pic: Comp
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MOST comedians ‘bond’ with their audience – finding people in the crowd and getting a rapport going with them.

Tom Stade: Decisions Decisions

Assembly Rooms, George Street

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Des Clarke: The Trouble With Being Des

Assembly Rooms, George Street

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Dan Nightingale is Doing His Best

Pleasance Potterrow

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For some, it’s too much and they scurry off to the back of the auditorium; not always a safe haven. Comedians usually choose well though, and the ‘victim’ often ends up the winner.

Tom Stade has a kind of wild, heavy metal comedy persona and he uses his self-confident, almost confrontational character to badger the audience, although he’s a little gentler with the ones he singles out for banter.

Nominally talking about responsibility and bad decisions, he has a studied, bad-boy feel to him, and while his humour is explosive and funny, it’s deeper than it might first appear.

While Stade might come across as a bit bullish, he clearly has a heart of gold if the gifts he gave his bonding ‘victims’ is anything to go by.

At the end of Des Clarke’s hour on stage, you might look at your watch and see that 60 minutes have passed, but you’ll have heard at least two hours worth of very funny, conversational material. Clarke speaks so quickly that he covers a lot of ground, but you don’t have to be Scottish to understand him.

Like most comedians, he soon bonds with people in the audience, but unlike many others, you get the feeling that he’d have more or less the same conversation if this happened in the pub. Clarke is well worth seeing, whether or not you’re a Scot.

With quite the cutest introductory audio tape of the Fringe so far, Dan Nightingale strides out on stage and begins his version of bonding. He tells a variety of stories about jogging, drunks and – best of all – the wildlife in Chelsea.

Nightingale has an odd effect though: it feels like his show is painfully slow, until you stop and realise just how much you’ve laughed in the previous five minutes.

In some ways, he doesn’t appear to have a huge impact, but this skillful and hilarious Lancashire comic effortlessly and nimbly weaves his way into your heart and your funnybone.