Karen Bayley

Karen Bayley

Happy Hour - Stand-up

Note: This review is from 2004

Review by Steve Bennett

This double bill of Brummies (well, West Brom and Wolverhampton) suffers from offering too much of the same thing, with no contrast in their comedy styles.

Karen Bayley, an ex-teacher, was efficient with a faultlessly well-written routine. She has lots of Brummie jokes and Christmas came early for her when she discovered an entire row of Brummies in the small audience.

Her laugh-out-loud jokes are based round traditional but good observational comedy subjects and this plus superb audience control should see her continue and prosper on the live circuit.

Susan Murray suffered from following a better comic doing much the same line in observational humour.

But, whereas Bayley was mistress of some charming put-downs, Murray came across as comparatively cold, opening with an unremitting yet weak slagging-off of Scots, Brummies and the Welsh.

The mask dropped on three occasions when she justifiably laughed at three particularly well-crafted jokes of hers and, underneath, could be seen a much warmer and more attractive character. That's the one she should go with.

When last sighted, Susan Murray was in risque territory; currently, she seems Adrift in Comedyland.

Read More

Published: 1 Jan 2004

Comments

Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2004

Happy Hour - Stand-up


Edinburgh Fringe 2008

Shaker (Re-stirred)


Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Geezer Bird


Agent

We do not currently hold contact details for Karen Bayley's agent. If you are a comic or agent wanting your details to appear on Chortle, click here.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.