Friday, September 22

An Evening with Christopher Bliss – Monkey Barrel Comedy

Fringe veteran and Shropshire born novelist, Christopher Bliss (Rob Carter’s alter-ego) this year welcomes the audience for a Q&A hour with a chance to ask questions about their own novels- being offered paper slips to write down their pitches as we enter the show.

Having seen Christopher’s work previously and encountered the different ways he has framed his work I was familiar and excited for his short (literally never more than two sides of A6) stories which are wonderfully silly, joyfully obscure and a true masterclass in British absurdist comedy.

Christopher, blue anorak freshy washed ready for another fringe, banters with the audience with ease. Carter is a gifted character comedian who knows his creation inside out.

Compared to other offerings from previous years I did feel this latest show could do with a little more polish and finesse- We are of course more forgiving at the Fringe to technical errors and wobbly moments and I am sure Carter will find his feet as the weeks go on.

The show flies in the moments of Christopher’s novel readings- when he is in his comfort zone his work truly lends itself to full belly laughter.

The hour flew by and Chris Bliss will firmly remain a fringe favourite of mine for years to come! If you’re looking for an easy hour which is sure to please most, this is the show for you.

Reviewer: Rita Bryce

Reviewed: 5th August 2023

North West End UK Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.