Hosted by George McEncroe, Best Comics Worst Gigs saw a few modern day comedy icons recall the cringe-worthy moments of their respective careers. Tom Gleeson, Denise Scott, Cal Wilson and Dave Thornton took part in the lighthearted affair, laying bare the excruciating details of their most memorable failures.
Each member of the panel offered unique and rare insights into the lives and psychologies of the common stand-up comic, with an access-all-areas vibe in full swing. Best Comics Worst Gigs effectively humanised those apparently unflinching performers we've admired over the years. It was strangely refreshing to sense their vulnerability and ultimately connect with them on an entirely new level - one free of refined routines and punchlines.
The stories, spouting from the mouths of assured orators, were typically engrossing and highly entertaining. As you'd expect, though, Best Comics Worst Gigs was anything but easy-going on the ears. The panel's various tales of woe were consistently potent, a perverse hilarity stemming from their failures. The audience were frequently left aghast, collective groans sounding the night long.
Overall, Best Comics Worst Gigs proved a unique spectacle and, though uncomfortable at times, a lot of fun.