REVIEW: NINA CONTI – IN YOUR FACE (Criterion Theatre)
I’m going to be honest with you. I think I’m the funniest person I have ever met. I always make myself laugh and I don’t care if other people don’t find me amusing because surely, so long as I’m having a good time, it shouldn’t affect anyone else? This is why I love stand up comedian and ventriloquist Nina Conti, who is currently playing a three week run at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End. She laughs, sometimes uncontrollably, at her own jokes and there is something about watching someone laugh that just makes everyone else giggle.
Nina’s famous monkey puppet ‘Monk’, provides the entertainment for the majority of the first half of the show, playing songs he has written on guitar, hypnotising Nina and even doing an audience Q&A. Act 2 is where we see Nina’s famous face masks come in to play. Nina brings members of the audience up on stage and straps a plastic mouth onto their head. With a cable attached to the mask, Nina is able to move the mouth and talk for the audience member, creating hilarious situations and enticing them to do things that they may not normal choose to do.
Nina Conti is a sell out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe festival every year and can often be seen on TV. As a fan of her work for many years now, I am delighted to see her get a West End run so that more people can experience the joy and laughter that her show can bring. And because 95% of each show is improvised, it means you can keep going back for more. I’m booking my next trip as we speak!
Reviewed by West End Wilma
Don’t miss out on seeing Nina Conti at the Criterion Theatre until 12 March 2016. Tickets from just £24.00 here