If cabarets were bags of Revels, Voodoo Revue would be devoid of coffee ones. This is possibly the best cabaret I’ve ever been to, with over an hour of top-notch acts ably compered by Ray Gunn and Luke Reel, a super confident, fast paced, mash-up-singing duo resembling a pornographic Tigger and Justin from The Darkness.
There are a lot of acts, including juggler Mat Ricardo, and his seemingly floating cigar boxes; Gypsy Chance and Viva Misadventure playing a pair of thieving can-can dancers; the razor blade gulping Amelie Soleil; and Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, banjolele-ing his way through a routine of clippedly annunciated nineties dance music.
Act of the night, though, was Patti Plinko and the Maddening, a Gogol Bordello style pirate punk band, who rolled and stomped and stumbled round the stage, and consisted of two blokes on guitar, an insanely hot girl on violin, and a small, pretty girl who opened her mouth and howled like a heartbroken Tom Waits. Not strictly comedy, but the grin didn’t leave my face for the entire night. Brilliant.
Voodoo Revue, The Voodoo Rooms, 20:10, £12