ED2022 3/5 Reviews ED2022 Comedy Reviews

1 Ball Show (Terence Hartnet)

By | Published on Sunday 7 August 2022

Sometimes when something horrific happens the best cure is to write a stand up comedy show about it. New York comedian Terence Hartnet takes this route, telling his tale about dealing with cancer alongside a bombardment of dirty jokes and tales. Various gags landed but many only caused a chuckle or a smile, the funniest moments emerging when Hartnet appeared to go off script, or interacted with the audience, and this is clearly where he truly shines as a comedian. With a routine centred on the subject of a grave illness, there are correspondingly serious messages scattered throughout, but they are – sadly – quickly skimmed over. Overall, it’s something of a mixed bag, as this is a funny, entertaining and sometimes thoughtful set, but it’s not quite reaching greatness.

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