A unique spectacle of a show, Set List sees stand-up comic heroes and heroines at their most vulnerable. The concept is simple: the show's participants (guests from the festival bill) receive a 'set list' of never-before-seen topics, put on the spot. It's their task to build a routine from scratch before a live crowd - which, as you might imagine, is no easy feat. In fact, it's a diabolically difficult concept for performers so used to honing and refining their stage craft to perfection. Set List truly is 'comedy without a net'.
Obviously, the success of the show hinges on a couple of things. Firstly, the expertise of the line-up plays a huge part, ultimately dictating whether or not Set List prevails as an evening of comedy or catastrophe. Secondly, the set list itself - devised, in part, by the audience - has an equally large say in the success of the show. Unfortunately, these two things - the line-up and the setlists - change from night to night. With that in mind, it's difficult to recommend the show with great conviction.
One particular evening saw Stephen K Amos, Andrew McClelland and Randy emerge the game's MVPs. Though flustered and frequently taken aback by their set's unique demands, each performer would quickly recover to have the crowd in stitches. Overall, Set List bolstered their respective reputations as quick-witted performers.
Overall, Set List is entertaining, though, as you'd expect, its success is far from set in stone. It's up to festival-goers to take a chance - just as the festival's finest have done - and enjoy whatever unfolds.