Reviewed by Rebecca Smith
I went along to see All Stars Of Comedy with my partner. I had not heard of the comedians that would be on tonight – A Dot Comedian, Aurie Styla, Guy Khan, Gerry Kyei and Slim, but had been told from friends that Slim was amazing on stage, so was excited to go.
We arrived at the car park of The Lowry and found a space quickly, then we made our way to the The Quays Theatre, where the show would commence. The staff in the theatre were very polite and helpful at every stage and we found our way to The Quays Theatre and seats with ease.
We were seated on row J in the stalls and had a great view of the stage. The theatre itself was light, airy, clean and comfortable. Reggae music filled the theatre whilst we were waiting for the show to commence which made the atmosphere cheerful. Many people were singing along to the songs playing. The show started on time with compère and comedian, Aurie Styla. Aurie quickly began getting to know the audience and quickly made everyone laugh. Aurie picked off certain people from the audience and they were focused on whenever Aurie came back on to introduce a new act, which was really funny.
The first act on stage was A Dot Comedian. A Dot delivered a 20 minute stint to kick off the show, which is around the time all comedians were on stage. A lot of the audience seemed to enjoy his comedy routine. I just didn’t get the jokes really with this Comedian and sat straight faced throughout. The humour here seemed sillier and slapstick, but the audience overall seemed to find him hilarious with his impression of having the spirit of madness in him!
Aurie then continued the comedy for a little while, then he explained that Guy Khan and Gerry Kyei would not be on tonight, but that we had some amazing replacements. He introduced Will E to the stage. Now this Comedian is one of the best I have ever seen! He entered the stage and had everyone in fits of laughter in seconds! I have been looking up where he is next doing a show so that I can book as soon as I can, he is really that good! His range of sarcasm, shock jokes and physical comedy make you belly laugh and are unparalleled! We just thought he was by far the funniest man of the night!
We next had an interval of 20 minutes and the show continued. Aurie introduced another act who was not on the bill for the night- Kevin J. Kevin was amusing and made us laugh as he regaled us with his memories of living on a rough council estate in London. Kevin was quick and funny throughout and was a welcome fill for the comedian who was unable to attend.
The headliner for the night was Slim, a previous bus driver from London. Slim is really funny and like Will E, kept us laughing continuously with his anecdotes of how he treats people on his buses. An effortless and confident comedian who will leave you wanting more.
I found the show to be effortlessly seamless, with audience participation and comedy that just flowed throughout. To have this level of talent but have the option to see many acts who all deliver their comedy in different ways is just amazing to watch and I would recommend you book this! You will really enjoy it! Make a night of it, you are going to go home with sore cheeks from laughing I promise you!
The show consisted of two parts and lasted around 3 hours with a 20-minute interval. Overall, I think this was an amazing show. We found that we were a entertained throughout and the energy lasted the evening (even if we didn’t find A Dot funny).
I would give this show a 4 out of 5.
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The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000