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For our readers who prefer their comedy a tad on the alternative side, this month’s 'one to watch' feature from ESP's comedy columnist Sarah Slack, highlights a Fringe favourite comedian embarking on a tour of the UK with a show you’ll be hard pressed to find performed anywhere else...

Described as “poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot." by The Guardian, Rob Auton is an award-winning writer, actor and podcaster who will be performing in Peterborough at The Cresset on Friday October 21 with his latest performance, ‘The Crowd Show’.

Advertised on his website as a “show suitable for anybody who wants to be in the crowd for this show”, I was fortunate enough to see a work in progress version of The Crowd Show at London’s ARG comedy festival in Shoreditch back in July.

It’s certainly one of the most unique and unusual shows that I’ve seen in quite some time as Rob overtly alters the overall flow and structure of the show based on the audience he has for every performance, whilst also offering the crowd a chance to see his internal musings as he effortlessly and masterfully deconstructs the notions of live comedy, theatre and spoken word performance.

With The Crowd Show already promising “something that'll leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy round the edges” (The Herald), this will be an ideal show for a serious alternative comedy nerd looking for something completely different.

If this sounds like your bag then book your tickets today by visiting or by calling 01733 265705.

Sarah Slack


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