Soho Theatre, 10th May 2012
Having joked last August 2011 in Scotland, whilst the English riots were on, that he’d not be visiting London till at least 2014, it was a treat to discover that Chicagoan Hannibal Buress failed to keep that promise. He said this on stage during his month long run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011. Fortunately he returned to Britain in May 2012 to perform in London during his first visit to the capital.
His series of gigs in the beautiful, intimate setting of the Soho Theatre Downstairs, proved so popular that additional shows were added. This resulted in Hannibal performing two shows a night during his final week.
I even saw him twice on the night I went, something I’ve never done before for anyone! He also changed the set slightly, perhaps having taken on my between shows comment that to engage in a little bit of audience banter may improve the audience experience!!
This was a hugely funny night of warm, engaging, sharply observed comedy. Though his first time in London, he’s no novice when it comes to comedy, having been a regular writer on the hit US comedy show ‘30 Rock’.
The audience enjoyed a real laugh a minute as his tight set covered his hilarious escapades – encompassing over zealous airport security, sex on first “dates”, unexpected relationships, the subtle and not so subtle differences between English and American women and humorous observations about being in London for the first time.
Hannibal’s somewhat dry, laconic delivery of jokes, with numerous unexpected punchlines really tickles your funny bones, making his show a real treat.
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