The evening was kicked off by our host Matthew Chadbourne, who glued proceedings together with an awkward charm and an amusing befuddlement at the colloquialisms of British life. This played nicely into several stories, in particular Kirsten Brown, who took a personable story and laced it with a celebrity supporting cast (reminding us all how good
On to the second half, and another trio of hilarious stories. Luke White Thompson told the kind of heartbreaking story that taps into the social anxiety we all have thrust upon us through school. The tone of the evening shifted twice after this, firstly with Adam Goldstein whose story was crass and pleasingly silly as it built in confidence through its telling. The evening ended with a spot of black humour as Tara Newton-Wordsworth went dark, which felt perfectly suited for a show built around seeking out lies.
Outliars feels like the perfect vehicle for comedy in 2019, with our anxiety around truth and lies played successfully for humour. Each of the performers were exceptional, eking out their fair share of laughs and it made me want to go to QED's next comedy night. What I particularly enjoyed was how the comedians approached telling their stories, adding depth and variety to the evening, with some built out of awkward encounters we've all experienced, and others out of exceptional circumstances. QED Comedy put together a cracking line up and it shows why they have a well earned reputation for both fostering local talent and bringing the next big thing to