Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (comedy): Hate’n’Live at Laughing Horse @ Espionage (venue 185). Reviewed by Kate Copstick

This is a great idea for a show. Comics – or Gladi-haters – come onstage and are handed a topic, suggested by the audience, on which to vent their spleen.

Some comics are more naturally splenetic than others and tonight one is dreadful and resorts to shoehorning in old material and one just OK. But Leo Kerse is seriously good and an American called Luke Capasso absolutely brilliant.

Kerse is quick, funny, smart and to the point – qualities too infrequently seen late night in Edinburgh. He hates English people and Scottish food. Although he is about as hateful as Josie Long when the subject is Kate Copstick. A gift of a subject on which many comics could do a full hour; Kerse bottles it.

Luke Capasso, on the other hand, is fearless. He is phenomenal. A powerhouse. Luke hates suicides and pandas and, given the topic of Robin Williams, he improvises three minutes that are brave and brutally funny. The end section, where Kerse and Capasso have a verbal girlfight, is hilarious.

Hate’n’Live is at Laughing Horse @ Espionage, more info here

Originally published in The Scotsman

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