REVIEW: Tringe test bed shows

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Chris Ramsey and Naz Osmanoglu impressed at the Limelight theatre last night, according to the Bucks Herald’s Andrew Kay.

I love the Tringe, It’s a unique festival which will continue to grow and put our area on the map.

What I really enjoy about the shows is that the comedians all have notes with them which they constantly refer back to.

It’s really interesting to see how top stars approach putting a show together – and I feel quite privileged hearing them try new material for the first time as a test bed for greater things.

Last night was the turn of an actual Turkish Prince to take the stage,

Naz Osmanoglu tested his Ottoman Without An Empire show at Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre, before he takes it to the Edinburgh Fringe next month.

The comedian has quite a back story, being 19th in line to Turkey’s former Ottoman throne!

The show was trailed as a ‘sweat-fuelled, energy-packed show’ - a fair description.

I loved the way he related to his two cultures (English and Turkish) and laughed out loud as he told stories about growing up with his colourful father.

Naz has appeared on BBC3’s Live At The Electric and Russell Howard’s Good News and I think his Edinburgh show will be a big success – albeit with a little more refining and polishing.

As with all the Tringe shows, the comics are still trying material and working out how they will flow from one section to another. But what I saw was genius in places.

It was a similar story with last night’s headline act Chris Ramsey.

The comic has appeared in Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Russell Howard’s Good News and Argumental.

I really enjoyed the concept of the show, called Feeling Lucky.

Ramsey attempts to put our very existence into perspective. He focuses on a stat that if we go back more than 30 generations we are the result of more than a billion couples procreating - and how unlikely it is that we were born in the first place.

During the upbeat show Ramsey talks about family life and his real life experiences.

The ending, when he gets it polished, will probably be one of the funniest finale to a stand-up show that you will ever see.

> There is still time to catch some of the Tringe shows before the not-for-profit festival (which is run by volunteers) finishes on Saturday. Further shows are planned throughout the year. For details visit