If you're looking for a fun hour of tech-based comedy, then Pete Wells is exactly what you need.
The host of Just Another Panel Show incorporated some almost anthropomorphised digital assistants to his show as he looked at how our experiences have been transformed by technology. Wells is a self-described big tech lover who wanted to examine how we benefit from technology: our relationships through dating apps and optimising dating profiles, our writing, and AI's listening and advising on our sex lives.
Using graph-based comedy and a healthy dose of criticising the Conservative party, Wells' friendly demeanour lent itself well to the venue. Though I imagine most comedians dream of reaching lofty heights, selling out the Dome or the Brighton Centre, the small upstairs of the Caroline of Brunswick meant he could get to know a little bit about everyone in the audience, even if it was just that they used tech in work by using a computer, or mocking the writer of this review for writing notes with a pen and paper.
It wasn't all positives though, as Wells warns about the dangers of tech being too invasive in our lives, and deepfakes through on-screen, multimedia performance. He warns us covertly throughout and explicitly at the end to be more wary about tech, that we 'suck up data like coke at a Conservative party conference', and that the relationship between Buffy and Angel was a bit questionable.
Wells' show was a perfect way to spend the evening, and well worth a visit to anyone wanting an hour of tech-related comedy - just be prepared that if you vote Liberal Democrat, he will tell you to fuck off.
Pete Wells: Does Not Exist will be at the Caroline of Brunswick from Friday, June 4 to Sunday, June 6. To book tickets, visit www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/pete-wells-does-not-exist-145867/