Comedy Review: Foster Comedy Live at Camden Fringe

Wry wit and a well stocked bar make this comedy club one of north London’s best.

The Highlight is a good example of how comedy clubs should be.

Upon entry, a friendly host leads you to your table in an intimate but surprisingly spacious room. Food is available for the peckish and drinks are done by the bottle or the pitcher, meaning you can stock up - very important as the bar closes while the acts are on. Everything is geared up for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the show in comfort.

And quite a show it was too - four acts lined up alongside compere Rob Collins, whose audience banter and segways kept things moving nicely.

First up was the bespectacled and besuited Matthew Osborn. There are definite hints of TV’s Harry Hill about his wry, smug delivery - which will suit some people more than others. But his jokes were funny and rude enough to please most.

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Next up was Roger D, a larger than life Mancunian who came to London to shake his funny stick. His routine about overweight romance will stick long in the mind of everyone who saw it.

After a quick drinks break, the comedy carried on with Rudi Lickwood, whose quick-fire routine had the crowd in stitches.

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Last, but not least, Matt Elsbury bounded onto the scene with more Antipodean jokes than the last Australian cricket team.

The Highlight Comedy Club certainly isn’t the cheapest in north London, but it is one of the best. Providing two hours of gags and a good atmosphere, it is definitely recommended.

* Shown at the Highlight Comedy Club in Camden Lock, NW1, from August 5-27 as part of the Camden Fringe Festival.

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