Rob & Luke Bring the Laughs on the Way to Edinburgh

Top comedian Rob Auton and impressionist Luke Kempner brought a preview of their excellent Edinburgh Fringe shows to the Kenton last Thursday.

After doing shows on yellow, sky, faces, water, sleep, hair, talking, time, crowds, Rob told the audience that this show was all about ‘Me’.  Taking time to get warmed up and nervously reading from his script Rob then took us on an amusing journey of childhood memories which included fishing, cricket, going bowling solo and his first out of school girlfriend date.  Intertwined with his favourite question What? And his love of human connection and experiences.  He ended on a hilarious high with his first job experience in a restaurant and becoming the Crab Cake Kid!   Rob’s comic tales aren’t immediately laugh out loud but are more subtle with clever topics woven together that make you chuckle afterwards.

After a short interval, Luke Kempner bowled on to the stage announcing he would be performing his Gritty Police Drama with 60 impressions in 60 minutes.  First though he did the classic getting to know and picking on the people in the front row which included young Elspeth who was the butt of many jokes.  Who had murdered James Corden was the story plot for the drama which opened with Luke doing brilliant impressions of Ted Hastings and Steve Arnott from Line of Duty, John Luther, Louis Theroux and Sir Ian McKellen.  The impressions kept coming thick and fast, with Luke swapping between characters with ease.  Our favourites were Boris Johnson, Jeremy Clarkson and Caleb from the TV series Clarkson’s Farm.  Interspersed with the gritty hilarious drama, Luke astounded the audience with his incredible singing voice, putting his own funny spin and words from famous West End shows and The Greatest Showman film including All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera and This is Me.  The story was excellently scripted, with a clever scene from Silence of the Lambs (no spoilers here).  Whether Luke managed to cram in 60 impressions – we lost count.  He did say that the beep and moo sound effects might be included in the total!  Juggling the moving of the mic lead, acting the parts, describing the set and starting his own soundtracks from a laptop to the side of the stage, this all added to the hilarious show. Luke however reassured us that in Edinburgh this wouldn’t be part of the show.

With many of the top Edinburgh Fringe shows selling out and the distance from Henley making it quite a trek, don’t miss the opportunity to see the last comedy preview show at the Kenton this Thursday (27 July) when Matt Forde and Bella Hull will be performing.  To book tickets go to https://kentontheatre.co.uk/event/edfest-fringe-preview-matt-forde-bella-hull/

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