Isle of Wight comedienne Katie Pritchard, performing as K-Pizz, at Grin and Tonic, part of the Ventnor Fringe Festival. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
COMEDY talent was on fine form at the fringe, when a packed Ventnor Arts Club was treated to a trio of rising stars on the comedy circuit at Friday night’s Grin and Tonic.
Compèred by Isle of Wight pair Michael Mullin and Josh Pointing, who added their own comic touch to the introductions, the night was soon underway in style.
Musical comedienne Katie Pritchard, performing as K-Pizz, with ukulele in hand, had the audience giggling as she lamented her height, gave tribute to The Venga Boys and berated Kinder Surprises for no longer being all that surprising.
A song titled Drunk Girl was among the highlights of her lively set, and a brief burst of Ghostbusters and the moonpig.com jingle in a mash-up with no title ensured she was remembered.
Welsh comedian Sam Lloyd was second on the bill, and it was his finale that stood out as one of the evening’s most memorable moments; his Haikus and 'superpoems’ were clever, impeccably timed and thoroughly entertaining.
Headliner Joe Wells, in a preview of his show for the Edinburgh Fringe, had even the most conservative of audience members chuckling with his shrewd political observations on Churchill, Clegg and Hitler.
He broached controversial subjects with ease, and no joke went unappreciated as he compared the NHS to horror spectacular Saw and pondered Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn’s suppressed urge to become a helicopter.
A night of giggles, comedy is such an integral part of any Fringe festival, it was encouraging to see it so well supported on the Isle of Wight, and to see such promising new comic talent on the rise.