Reviews from Paul's pen

Reviews from Paul's pen


James Meehan & Kiri Pritchard-McLean

 Review by: Paul Towers, 23 April 2016
Gag Reflex presents James Meehan and Kiri Pritchard-McLean
Upstairs @ The Western, 23 April 2016

“more preview stand up comedy.”

For the second weekend running we have been treated to a couple of Gag Reflex’s stand up comedians’ preview shows. These are nights where comedians try out their comedy routines prior to going to the Edinburgh Festival. Bearing this in mind it is to be expected that the material will be a bit patchy, sometimes working, sometimes not.
This week we had James Meehan and Kiri Pritchard-McLean, real life partners, who had similar styles, unsurprisingly, which sometimes mined both sides of their domestic life.
Meehan, while getting laughs eventually, needs to edit his material and pare down the preamble to every story. He comes across as very likeable and the audience warmed to him immediately. Being a metrosexual type of guy his new-laddish material did go down well with the stag party on the front row.
Kiri, on the other hand, bounced onto the stage and grabbed the audience firmly by the …… nether regions before treating us to some probably unsuitable feminist material. She quickly ditched this in favour of her usual audience led banter and domestic trials.
As well as performing their solo acts the pair are also part of the sketch group, Gein’s Family Giftshop and can be seen at Leicester’s Little Theatre on Weds 25 May

First published on Pub Theatre Blog
and in Western Gazette

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