Fringe 2016 – Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar – The Garden of Unearthly Delights – The Deluxe– 4K

By Tom Eckert


Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar, a production from EastEnd Cabaret and Dead Man Comedy who also brought us East End Caberet, presents us with another exercise in the delightfully absurd.

You soon give up on following the narrative of this show for, whilst it is there, it swings so rapidly between the earnest and the ridiculous. If it weren’t for the elaborate costumes and synchronised harmonies it would be hard to shake the feeling that they  are making it all up as they go along, and if that were the case it would be phenomenal. The chemistry this pair have on stage is brilliant and endlessly entertaining, bouncing off each other faster than the mind can keep up with, so much so that I find it easier to just sit back and roll with the flow.

With a cast of characters including a disembodied head curiously reminiscent of John Howard, a murderous keyboard player and a yeti made up of what can only be the entire mop stock in IKEA, you are forever kept on the edge of your seat an impregnated with the fear of being singled out by one or another of these deranged entities.

Having seen both Yeti’s and East End Cabaret I have to admit that some of the schtick is rehashed from the previous show; an unrequited love with a psychotic spurned lover, a party sequence that brings us all the way to the next morning and the prolonged seduction of an audience member. For me however, this in no way detracted from the show. The content is fabulous and genuinely hilarious ranging from the sacred to the (more frequently) profane with just enough improvisation to keep the energy of unpredictability alive. Don’t think these are mavericks or amateurs however, the songs a re slick, the one liners have immense impact  and there is not a single moment of the show that is not enjoyable.

My jaw continues to ache from laughing even this morning an dI intend to continue to see their shows each time they put out a new one.

Kryztoff Rating 4K

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