First act Philberto demonstrated that it doesn't matter how thin one's character comedy is or indeed if your posturing at character comedy is just recreating vague stereotypes – late at night you can elicit a departing cheer by shouting and swearing.
Carl Donnelly held a solid middle set together with some charmingly silly observations about Subway.
Thankfully the headline act was an incredibly high-energy set from a pumped & primed Phil Nicol, who played a safe, capable routine featuring 1992 hit song "I'm The Only Gay Eskimo" to the appreciative crowd.
As a late night compendium, the show will vary wildly from night to night (presumably some nights it also runs for the entire two and a half hours advertised), however discerning comedy fans are advised to thoroughly check the night's listing in advance, and less selective punters should at least ensure they get a few pints in.
- Jason B Standing