Review: Hey Mum #3 at  Endeavour ★★★★★

Review: Hey Mum #3 at Endeavour ★★★★★

Hot mess alternative comedy at its best, Hey Mum offers a diverse and daring line-up of next-big-thing funny people.

Hosts Lucas & Eloise (below) compere the third iteration of this entertainingly unpredictable comedy night, featuring a line-up of performers bringing mind-bendingly different perspectives on the art of comic performance. The basement of a bar on SE12’s bustling Deptford Broadway is somehow both an incongruous and totally fitting venue for this DIY-esque, lo-fi night of funny business.

While it seems unfair to have a favourite act, Abigail Jacqueline Jones as her alter-ego Nancy Motherfucking Archer (below), “the seven foot gal with the seven figure IQ”, really raised the temperature with her bloodthirsty, call-to-arms monologue. Pulse-raising stuff, hilarious but densely thought-provoking (Jones’s larger project, Anguish of the Fifty-Foot Woman, “examines queer perspectives on monstrous, abject, grotesque and sublime bodies as harbingers of liberation and utopia”), this is very much NOT Live at the Apollo!

It’s a bill full of great performances, including Tom Bell (The Mash Report) skewering the resigned tone of current TV advertising, Qin Wang hilariously re-enacting her first experience of VR porn, and Maria Telnikoff’s deliriously inspired poetry career retrospective. The hosts deliver the laughs too, with dead-pan, non-narrative routines and an über-chilled approach to compering. Maybe our one criticism would be that the structure of the night all gets a bit too loose at times – the 15-minute interval balloons, giving us time not only to head over the road for an excellent Vegan Banh Mi from La Pho, but also to dwell regretfully on our unnecessarily swift eating!

It’s a minor quibble though. This is a fun, footloose night which leaves us reminiscing about the sadly departed Matchstick Piehouse venue where Hey Mum all started, and where nights like this were plenty. Bring back the Piechouse! And long live Hey Mum!