The Jade Monkey, Sun 6 Mar
The unseasonal wild evening didn’t dampen the spirits of The Petty Four, and from the opening jingle-like a Capella song they had the appreciative crowd captured. Safety first though! A thorough and highly amusing checklist was prepared and documented, and with the equally cheeky mild coarse language warning given the frivolity was officially able to commence.
Kim Clark took the solo platform first regaling with stories of changes to his body hair growth and loss in equal, and sometimes unwanted, portions. The humble hair trimmer has perhaps never featured so proudly in a comedy routine. Clark’s analogies of sexual providence and comparisons to car models were also a cack.
Second on the bill was Nikki Fort, a truly seasoned artist – her comic timing as outstanding as the punch lines. Fort’s tales of technology from the baby boomer age were absolute gold. From sex and drugs and rock‘n’roll to eloquence in funeral parlour discussions, Fort’s delivery is animated, accessible and utterly engaging.
Andrew Le Roy had the penultimate spot and commenced with humorous observations of ladies’ fashion, appealing to another element of the audience demographic. Le Roy journeys through childhood memories and exposes sub-text in The Sound Of Music. Warning! The ability to view the film ever again with innocence may be impeded.
Maggie Wood brought the irreverence of Glasgow culture and filled the stage with her energy as the final comedy act. Wood’s focus on her fit bit kept the performance very physical, and her vivid description of wrangling gravity stricken breasts into a bra had the audience in fits of laughter.
Without question The Petty Four have something for everyone. Each of them puts a unique spin on changes that occur with aging throughout their individual comedy spots, and when they sing a Capella together four resonate voices harmoniously connect.