Daniel Sloss & Kai Humphries
The Drive-In Club, Brent Cross, London ★★★★✩
IT WAS hardly a glamorous setting for a jump-start — a rainy, windy car park just off the North Circular. But at the weekend, in Brent Cross Stadium Car Park, London, the UK’s live comedy scene revved back to life — and with the amount of cheerful honking involved, we feel sorry for the neighbours.
Honking? Yep — this is The Drive-In Club, where the performers on stage aren’t faced with a sea of faces, but rows of bumpers and headlights.
On our visit, the operation was pretty slick. Buy your ticket online (for our show it was £44 for a car of two people, up to £88 for a car of six, with NHS workers free), make sure you have a tunable radio, prepare to have your boot searched, order any food and drink online (it’s delivered by roaming buggies) and away you go.
‘If my agent had offered me this job before lockdown, she’d have been f***ing fired,’ joked Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss, 29, who has won awards and had two Netflix specials. But as far as the ‘new normal’ goes, he could do far worse.
Sloss took a moment to settle, but you could forgive him given the circumstances, the fact he hadn’t gigged for 15 weeks and that he was out of necessity testing out a rewritten set. Think of the number of set-ups and half-truths quarantine has killed — no ‘I was at the airport the other day’ now.
Still, it was packed with well-crafted stories that roamed from lockdown smoking to making the Japanese laugh. His style is sit-down intimate, so luckily Geordie warm-up Kai Humphries — a man full of joie de vivre and car puns — supplied the energy. Plus the invitation to car-horn applause.
If you’re itching for this kind of refuel, The Drive-In Club is around until August 9 and also has movies, live music and Basil Brush on its line-up. Clothes on, it’s certainly the most fun you can have in a Nissan Micra.