It was Friday night, I found myself in the Classic Studio at 10pm, a time associated with the loosest of late night shows, with The Classic’s usual Late and Live in the downstairs room, with this Crack-Up Late Show serving as an interesting alternative.

This show is the brainchild of Alan McElroy who served as the James Corden style talk show host. He was joined by the shows house band, Harry Thompson-Cook, who provided ambient music, and provided banter with the guests.

The stage was set up as you would expect for a show like this, there was a chair and a desk for McElroy, with a recliner for the guest. There was a screen and laptop for multimedia content, and as you’d expect for a show this late alcohol, pretty much every guest took a shot of Jagermeister.

Between the interviews were segments that involved games, music, and general banter, on this evening, McElroy had asked for suggestions for Thompson-Cook to sing a song about, and an audience member had shouted tetanus, and was only referred to as ‘tetanus’ for the rest of the show.

This is the kind of unique experience you could expect from this show. They mix up the guests from week to week, so each individual show is different from the next. There’s even a surprise ending, during the show I witnessed it involved Correos and mayonnaise (Because it’s good to stay on brand)

I guess all of this is to say, The Crack-Up Late Show is a lot of fun. Partially interactive and highly entertaining. They have a great line up of guests, who on this occasion were local comedians Justine Smith and David Correos, as well as international guests Chris Henry and Ian Smith. If you’re in town having just seen a show (or for any other reason) and feel like seeing something that’s a bit loose and fun, this is the show for you.


What: Crack-Up Late Night with Alan McElroy

Who: Alan McElroy, featuring guests

When: 3, 10 & 17 May

Where: The Classic Studio

Weather Rhymes

The temperature was 15 degrees

Right before the show

The clouds were idly passing

Because the wind was going slow

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