Adrian Poynton: sweet-natured comedy
Much more engaging is Breaking Legs, a funny tale of two understudies vying to get on stage by fair means or foul. Alfie (writer Philip Lawrence) and Miranda (Alison Edmunds, with an evil glint in her eye) quarrel and scrap in the wings as we gradually begin to understand why the spotlight means so much to them. Lawrence and Edmunds are refreshingly natural in such a small space, with a great rapport and comic timing. You'll be rooting for these two to achieve their small dream long before the end.
Adrian Poynton spends about 15 minutes good-naturedly bantering with the crowd before even starting his new show, but his improv is just as funny as the prepared stuff. After recently turning 30 and getting married, he found an old primary school photo and wondered how his old classmates were doing in their lives. But instead of going and doing some research, he made their stories up. It's less work that way. Poynton's sweet-natured delivery would probably get him killed on something like Mock the Week, but his instant likeability makes you wonder if the world might be a nicer place if more comedians could make their point, and still be hilarious, without being quite so vicious. And you get to learn some brilliant facts about proboscis monkeys, which is a bonus in anyone's book.
Seven Colours ends on Monday, Breaking Legs ends tonight, both at the Etcetera Theatre; Adrian Poynton's last show is tonight at the Camden Head. Camden Fringe runs until 30th August. All tickets £7.50. Check out other Fringe coverage on Londonist.