LAUGH SABBATH: LET'S GET HOT SHOW at the Rivoli, December 3. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
On the subject of the unexpected, that's what's in store at Laugh Sabbath comedy nights at the Rivoli. Each month, four regular so-called "alternative" shows take over different Sundays, and judging from two consecutive shows, LS provides some solid laughs to ease you into the new workweek.
The most recent Let's Get Hot Show had a loose feel, kind of like what you'd expect to see in somebody's basement. Chris Locke and Aaron Eves made likeable hosts; Locke's got a wild angry streak, while Eves, underused accordion slung over his shoulder, lays back a bit more.
I'm not sure how alt - or "hot"- these Let's Get Hot show acts were, however. At least two comics bombed outright with pretty traditional material. (Interesting thing about the Laugh Sabbath crowd: if something is unfunny, they won't pretend to laugh.)
One of the best bits was Brian Barlow's surreal routine, delivered with unbelievable energy, about leaving his door unlocked. The debut of a video series about Locke and Eves looking after a baby also showed lots of potential.
The closing rant about toddlers by former Kid In The Hall Scott Thompson left the crowd with a "What the fuck was that all about?" feeling.