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Review of An Evening With Cock and Fanny

An Evening With Cock and FannyWell, the Camden Fringe is up and running once more and last night it was the turn of comedy as I popped along to the Hen and Chickens theatre bar – which may technically be in Islington rather than Camden – for An Evening with Cock and Fanny.

Possibly not the most PC term for a night of comedy but as Matthew Howell (Cock) and Lauren Taylor (Fanny) explained, it is either showing some support for the eternal struggles of feminism in a masculine dominated world or it’s a name they came up with when blind drunk. Either could be true but the explanation was a good way of setting the level of comedy we were about to be presented with.

In their press release, Matthew and Lauren do mention that sketch comedy is not performed that much, which is true, but these two very personable performers have definitely breathed a new lease of life into the genre. Obviously, I can’t go into too many details but I will say it was good to find out Jack the Ripper’s reasons at last, Jesus’ secret is safe with me and although I apparently look like Lauren’s mum – don’t ask – I will never be a vegan. Costumes and props were minimal but where used, worked really well in adding to the sketch being performed.

I’m assuming that Lauren and Matthew wrote the material, in which case bravo to them. It was fun and funny with some nice twists introduced to keep the audience on their toes, and my one complaint was that I wanted more as I had enjoyed the show so much. I have to say that there was a wonderful chemistry between the performers who manage to make their show look very relaxed, and at times ad-libbed, with a skill that is built on an excellent knowledge of each other and hours of rehearsal.

Despite the title, An Evening with Cock and Fanny, doesn’t contain anything that would upset your maiden aunt and is ultimately a fine show proving that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, The reports of the death of sketch based comedy have been greatly exaggerated. Once again the Camden Fringe manages to impress and entertain at the same time.

4 stars

Review by Terry Eastham

We are Cock and Fanny, a man and a woman, or should that be a woman and a man? Our show is all about men and woman or should that be Cock and fannies? We’re not sure, and it doesn’t really matter.

So grab your Cock and dust down your fanny because this is going to be a night to remember, or forget…. we’re not sure.
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  1. Saw the opening night too. Knowing them both personally this review is spot on. Yes there have been hours of rehearsals which showed in the slick performance and the writing (their own work) was very clever. Loved the Jesus sketch and also wanted more. It kept us laughing from start to finish. Hope we will be seeing more of these two. They complemented each other perfectly and their character observations were brilliant.

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