If you've ever seen Variety of Kings, the monthly comedy night near King Cross, then compère Katie Pritchard won't be a stranger to you. Always very funny, with self-deprecating humour that belies a very talented musicial performer, I've previously often wondered when I would get the chance to see her in a solo show, as she definitely deserves the chance to shine.
At 'The Lounge' of the Leicester Square Theatre – the ideal locale for intimate gigs – Pritchard greeted and interacted with each member of the audience, instantly breaking the ice and setting the tone for the rest of the evening.
One thing Pritchard shares with the likes of Bill Bailey is her musicality. While her alternative musical stand-up comedy is a different style from his, there's no getting around the fact that Pritchard is a dab hand with musical parodies – using them to make comments about celebrities in the public eye, quirks of history, her own stature and even the Dracula musical that was hinted at in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Sometimes surreal, often unusually perceptive, but always original and entertaining, Pritchard's Hurricane Katie has more ideas than you can shake a stick at. It's also obvious in the numbers such as the Hip-Hopera Mash Up, that Pritchard is a technically accomplished singer, which is a joy to hear when she decides to stretch her vocal chords.
Certainly worth checking out on her tour.
© Michael Davis 2016
Hurricane Katie ran at the Leicester Square Theatre on 5th June 2016. Details of her tour and other events she's taking part in can be found here: http://www.katiepritchard.co.uk/Katie_Pritchard/Comedy.html