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Ben Verth: Sh*tegeist (Ben Verth)

By | Published on Friday 9 August 2019

How do you market a show called ‘Sh*tegeist’? Just say it’s “white guy moaning” and the moody cynics will come crawling in. Ben Verth confesses he isn’t living his best life and presents humorous anecdotes about his existential crisis, including an exceptional segment on global warming and experiences with vegetarianism. Some audience members leave seemingly bemused and verging on offended, but when certain vendors won’t even display his poster because of the expletive in the title, you should expect it to be provocative. He decides at its conclusion to bin a quarter of the material, an indication that Verth is his own worst critic: no, he isn’t living his best life, but he does know how to do risque observational comedy. He just needs to refine it.

Monkey Barrel Comedy, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 [Kieran Scott]