The News at Kate 2011: Kate Smurthwaite

4 Stars ****

It’s been a few years since I had seen Ms Smurthwaite perform comedy live but was aware of her reputation as a favourite ‘arguer’ on BBC both TV and radio.

Although it’s well into Fringe week three she has a packed out room in the basement of an Italian restaurant, the walls of which are adorned with a couple of quotes from Mussolini, something that is seriously at odds with her left wing politics.

She is not a preachy comedian, just dislikes idiots, who come in all shapes and forms, she mixes with the stars, wants to work in advertising and has written some high brow comedy in alphabetical order of which we get a taster.

Kate is a well written, and researched comic, she does interact with her audience, but is never in your face, and has a easy delivery style, together with her stage presence and a whole host of funny material some of which on occasions makes you think and all makes you laugh.

As part of the Free Fringe entry to the show is free, but a collection bucket is available for donations at the end, after all the lady does have to eat. So why not check her out but go early, you wouldn’t want to miss out.

Reviewed by Geoff

Ciao Roma V 283

6 to 29 August

20:20 to 21:20

Fringe Brochure P 125

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