The ‘cult comedy duo’ EastEnd Cabaret, present a pacy, diverse hour of terrific entertainment in their new show Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar, playing nightly at 9.45pm in The Deluxe Spiegeltent until 13 March.
A mélange of surrealism, slapstick humour, witty skits, clever songs and poignant monologues about life and accidentally eating one’s parents – it is a show so full of ideas and left turns that there is no time for any flat spots.
The integration of sound and lighting is brilliantly done, and accentuates the duo’s impeccable comic timing. Comedians Jennifer Byrne and Vicky Falconer-Pritchard are both hilariously physically expressive, and they imbue their characters equally with the capacity for pathos and mischievousness.
Whilst the skits are invariably funny, the musical interludes are terrific too – a disembodied head beat-boxing, and the house band singing a tender recount of an erotic dream which features two David Bowies pleasuring each other, were both standout moments.
I have always had a soft spot for the yeti – totally sympathetic to who I believed to be persecuted, lonely and misunderstood creatures. What a surprise to find that, in reality, they are such socially gregarious and articulate beings, as well as proving to be generous hosts! (Make sure you try their eyeball hors d’ouevres…)
In league with co-writer and director, Tom Velvick, EastEnd Cabaret have clearly created one of this year’s standout Fringe shows.
Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar is on every night except Monday for the duration of Fringe Festival so grab your tickets through Fringetix.
Reviewed by Ken Grady