Review: Lava Elastic, the neurodiverse comedy night you need to see

[Gifted/AD: I was gifted the tickets to Lava Elastic, in exchange for a review on the blog and for BN1 Magazine. I have worked with Lava Elastic on a number of occasions.]

Last night I was lucky enough to see this month’s Lava Elastic performance in Brighton; run by Sarah Saeed, it’s a monthly neurodiverse comedy night.

Neurodiversity is to do with how people’s brains work, and how they work differently-such as if you’re on the autistic spectrum (hello!), have Bi-polar disorder, etc. So, in other word’s, if you’re not considered “normal”, although that’s a different conversation entirely. (And not a word I agree with.)

Opening was Ali Macfarlan, who also hosts the monthly Comedy Rocket show. She was very ‘deadpan’ in her humour, and took  local areas to task.

The second act, Blanket Fort, were my personal favourite. An improvisation group-a first for Lava Elastic-they had collected random words from the audience. And actually used them! Be it “Teenagers” and “railways”, a “kangaroo” and “duck” (making that mythical creature, a Kangaroo duck), or “delicious” and “beer”, the words were a comedic gift at times. (I also haven’t laughed that much in a very long time.)

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Carl Carzana opens the second half, with a fast-talking set about his new haircut, talking to strangers, and how young people talk.

Victoria Melody was up next with a deadpan delivery of her set which tackled nuns, and wolf whistling. (Among other things.)

Jules Oliver closes the evening; I had wondered if she was Jamie Oliver’s wife. Turns out she’s not. And that made excellent fodder for her set. There were a couple of jokes I didn’t find funny in this-as it was a bit too ‘dark humour’ for me-but it was so worthwhil sticking to the end.

Lava Elastic is a brilliant comedy night, and it’s so wonderfully diverse. It also has a good message and ethos behind it; make sure you don’t miss the November 17th performance.

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