Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017 (Brett Vincent for Get Comedy)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

This is a mediation on the nature of success, on growing older with a father who had what turned out be a pretty illusory veneer of success and, as a 30-something, fretting about the prospect of children of his own. If you’re reading this in, like, the future, spoiler alert: he didn’t win. Ben Fogg is an affable presence with some nice lines, and he’s clearly been working hard on his stand-up technique. Actually maybe that’s the thing – that hard work is a little too visible. But, as he himself says halfway through, delivering a competent hour of stand-up is hard. So, on those terms, this is a successful – if not award-winning – beginning.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]