One woman show pro and Edinburgh Fringe veteran Kate Smurthwaite has at last delivered her hand picked showcase of comedy and cabaret, Late with Kate, to our shores.
This is Kate’s first visit to FRINGE WORLD and her knack for conversational comedy does not disappoint.
In an intimate stage setting and to a Monday night crowd of twelve, Kate begins by asking members of the audience what they do for for a living.
Already a seemingly risky move, the first man responds that he has recently been made redundant.
With an answer that could potentially set a sombre and awkward tone for the show, Kate’s sharp wit and rapid responses have the entire audience almost immediately in stitches.
As Kate makes her way chatting to each member of the crowd, her expert rapport is clear.
Hopping from personal anecdotes to riffing on audience member’s lives, Kate builds a genuine connection to her crowd, one that doesn’t feel forced or uncomfortable even for a second.
Kate’s first guest, Jamie Mykaela, bounces on to the stage armed with a ukulele and an infectious energy.
As Jamie begins her trio of amusing melodies, it’s clear she possesses a killer set of pipes and a natural stage presence.
From a quirky ditty about unrequited love to the tragic backstory of a little old lady, Jamie delights the audience with her angelic voice and interjections of self deprecating humour.
The pace and warmth of the show falls down a little with the evening’s second guest, UK comedian Andrew Silverwood.
Although peppered with a few notably sharp quips, the erratic and somewhat brash set doesn’t quite gel with the overall tone of the show.
However, Kate’s deft humour and expert hosting keeps the show intensely engaging. Additionally, the lineup of rotating guests that differ each evening allow a glimpse into the wealth of talent across the broader FRINGE WORLD lineup.
Proclaimed as less of a late night comedy and more of a cult – consider me inducted.