Though I had uncertainty as to whether this show would be an
extremely diminished reinterpretation of a Dean Martin event, or some
kind of bizarre Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall-esque feat of comedic
contortionism – Three Man Roast turns out to be an extremely
solid compendium of nerd-centric standup by Alex Holland, Will Howells
and Dan McKee.
The cosy back room of Finnegan's Wake gets a cheery din about it as
the guys alternate introducing each other and performing inventive
routines which fairly heavily feature Dr Who, pedantry, wordplay,
wordplay based on pedantry, adventures on public transport, and
McKee's presence and Howells' craftiness keep the material deftly
bouncing along apace without delving too far into the geeky
detail-centric session it could have so easily become.
These boys are definitely ready to graduate to a larger room. As
predicted, there were no birds in this roast – we certainly didn't
spot any turkeys.