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Review: My Last Two Brain Cells at Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose – Ed Fringe

Review by Tatum Stafford

There’s a lot of comedy shows to choose from within the Ed Fringe program – but if you’re hunting for guaranteed laughs, ridiculousness and two masters of character comedy, book in to see ‘My Last Two Brain Cells’ and thank me later.

As we’re ushered into the performance space, we meet two brain cells – number 12, and number 64,928,460,784. They reside in Gary’s brain, and when disaster strikes and an alarm bell is blaring, it’s up to these two brain cells to save Gary from death. They are the last two brain cells, and kick into gear to try and fix things; reenacting some of his happiest moments, and eventually, losing faith and working on their bucket lists with haste.

This show is chaotic in all of the best ways. The pair of performers, Tom Hazelden and Joe Pike, work with incredible chemistry, and while the script and beats are tight and seemingly pre-planned, the show has a wonderful manic energy that made it absolutely hilarious to watch.

There were so many sequences to love – I particularly enjoyed a tableaux where the cells reenacted Gary’s first kiss, and subsequently fell in love in a hilarious montage that went for a few minutes and suitably ended with a voiceover that simply said “What the f*ck was that?”

The show and performers had a ton of self-awareness, and the script was chock full of jokes and witty dialogue. I particularly enjoyed the way the show broached the typically dreaded audience interaction moments. They asked for a few call-out suggestions, and ran through the audience at many points during the show, which made us feel part of the action and never threatened with too much involvement or having to get up on stage.

This show is a lot of fun, and definitely worth catching this Fringe season – the pair are sure to crack you up.

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