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Don’t Be Terrible (Standard Man Productions)

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2019

Having a painfully unfunny character in a comedy is a risky move, but in ‘Don’t Be Terrible’ it definitely pays off. Steve wants to learn how to make his girlfriend Sarah laugh, and turns to stand-up comic Alice to help make it happen. This intimate look at what makes good comedy is expertly performed, aping the tropes of bad stand-up while never falling into actual parody. Though the story can be somewhat confusing at times, the message is clear: comedy is a way for people to cope with their own inadequacies, and you have to think carefully before deciding to open your life to ridicule. If stand-up’s not for you, this introspective look at how it works could be just the ticket.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Will Norris]