The Comedy Column: JanuaryBy Ben Smith
January 30, 2013
The Comedy Cellar
South Hill Park
Friday, January 25
When he was just ten years old, Adam Bloom told his parents he would become a comedian.
By 23, he had done just that.
Now entering his 20th year as a stand-up, Adam turned in a masterful performance when he took to the stage at the Comedy Cellar on Friday.
A natural comedian and armed with a wealth of experience, Bloom is amongst the very best on the circuit.
He possesses an innate understanding of the mechanics of comedy. His writing is superb, timing is spot on and punch-lines are rarely predictable.
On stage he is a force of nature, buzzing around with nervous energy. His enthusiasm for his craft is clear, and he delights in analysing every nuance of his performance, giving the audience a blow-by-blow account of how he feels the gig is progressing.
Before Adam took to the stage, the audience was treated to three fantastic support acts, the first of which was Ria Lina. Lina combines straight stand-up with musical comedy and isn’t afraid to shock her audience with some near-the-knuckle gags.
Her mixed-ethnicity is a strong theme in her act - her father is German and her mother Filipina. She examines the stereotypes attached to these countries and how she is perceived by others. She also discusses being married to an older man, motherhood and family life.
Her set finished with a jaunty and amusing song about the surprise of giving birth to her blonde-haired, blue-eyed daughter.
Nick Dixon is a rising star on the UK Comedy scene, and in 2011 reached the final of Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year after performing stand-up for just three months.
He has a calm, relaxed stage presence and his writing is intelligent and sharp. He offered insightful observations on subjects like single life, dating, living with flatmates and going home to visit your family. He is still in the fledgling stage of his career, but on this evidence he looks to have a bright future ahead of him.
And finally, Matt Richardson did an exemplary job as compere. Still only 21, he is already supremely confident on stage and his amiable, energetic style means he has little difficulty building an excellent rapport with his audience. He engaged in some hilarious banter with the crowd and provided plenty of entertaining anecdotes about living with his parents, dating, sex and relationships.
The Comedy Cellar takes place at South Hill Park every Friday. For more information visit www.southhillpark.org.uk