Saturday, September 24

Comedy Sassafras – Pleasance Courtyard

Hosted by Richard and Greta, alter egos of Nina Conti and Shenoah Allen, Comedy Sassafras is basically a variety show with only a couple of other acts, which change from night to night.

As such one imagines the overall feel of the show might be slightly different every time, though the big role played by Richard and Greta and the largely consistent style of the performers suggests that may possibly not be the case.

There was a very improvisational and loose feeling to the night, with the audience seemingly relishing the throw-stuff-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks approach (the closing number was performed by Richard playing guitar with Greta singing on his shoulders because why not?), even on the occasions when it didn’t quite work. The small number of overall acts also contributed to the casual feel of the night.

Richard and Greta, in many ways the centrepieces of the show, are relaxed and filthy, and the relationship with the audience was very interactive, traits their acts also shared. Overall, it was a wacky, dirty and at times surreal show which fans of dirty and convivial comedy will enjoy.

Comedy Sassafras plays until August 20th (not 16th) at Pleasance Courtyard, and tickets can be found at

Reviewer: Oliver Giggins

Reviewed: 6th August 2022

North West End UK Rating: ★★★