COMEDY MONkEY POEt’s WElCOME tO thE uk! The Banshee laByrinTh (Venue 156) HHHHH
MANCuNiAN poet Matt Panesh demonstrates a socialist sensibility straight off by giving over half his show to other Fringe groups. Of course, some might feel aggrieved at having a chunk of the advertised show shorn away in favour of something else entirely, but the “take what you get” nature of the Free Fringe means it would be churlish to complain. Besides, he’s largely chosen well in terms of his support acts.
So the audience get half an hour of Panesh in the end, but it feels like that’s all he might be able to manage at the breakneck, hyped-up level of delivery he employs. Of eastern European descent (one poem concerns his grandparents’ superhuman attempts to flee Stalin during the Second World War), Panesh’s work is like a throwback to the 1980s, but that’s no insult. he spits invective against British society’s ills from a vantage point which suggests workingclass socialism, and it’s a refreshing change on the Fringe to hear a comedy set delivered with a real viewpoint to back it up, particularly as Mark thomas isn’t here this year.
Until today, 6:20pm.