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Review: Comedy in the Dark at Leicester Comedy Festival
Will Kisby
By Will Kisby
BBC Leicester contributor

Terry Saunders and David Morgan appeared at Comedy in the Dark

After the success of last year's event, Comedy in the Dark returned for 2010.

The room in Bowies Bar, Leicester was absolutely packed with an audience eager to witness how comedians David Morgan and Terry Saunders would perform without lights.

After a health and safety disclaimer the lights faded down and everything was dark.

To start his act local comedian David Morgan decided to scare one audience member by jumping up from behind her.

Later he incorporated a torch to search out audience members. Turns out even in the dark there is no escape.

Things are different in the dark

After the gig he explained how this had differed from a usual routine; "Its really odd. I used a completely different skill set. I'm used to seeing the audience.

"You can gage how well a joke or a story is going by the expressions on their faces but when you can't see that it becomes a bit difficult.

"I would love to do it again and find new ways to play with the audience."

Comic Terry Saunders, who followed David, found performing in the dark made him learn more about how he performs.

"I wave my arms around and make loads of faces, which I never realised.

"Then you realise I'm doing this for no one. I'm in the dark No one can see me wiggling my arms around but I'm still doing it.

"So I think in the dark your instincts carry on as normal."

Into the light

When the lights finally came up, the audience was met with the pain of having their eyes readjust. The feeling was similar to waking up after a deep sleep and being confronted by the morning sun.

Audience members I spoke to found the night enjoyable. For me, at times it had felt like a strange yet fascinating cult experiment.

Hannah, who attended the performance, said, "I'd give it another go. It was something different. I like visual comedy but it's nice to see the other side."

Adam, another audience member found the performance engaging in spite of the unusual surroundings; "It was quite surreal but you are really aware of what's going on despite it being dark."


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