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Benny Boot – Set Up, Punchline… Pause For Laughter (Pleasance)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

Forgive me for putting the boot in, but this alleged stand-up comedian was truly soul-destroying. Exhibiting an embarrassing lack of professionalism that wouldn’t even be acceptable in a preview performance, Benny guffawed at his own weakly structured jokes, explained punchlines when they fell flatter than steamrollered pancakes, and appeared dumbstruck when his amateurish material was met with a stonier-faced reception than an Ancient Greek temple. About forty-minutes into an advertised hour-long set, after exhausting all of his exhausting one-liners, he glanced at his watch, asked how much longer he had left to perform, and then suggested recapping. The half-full audience politely declined. Unfortunately, for a show with such a presumptuous title, the pauses allocated for laughter were rarely filled.

Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15), 9.45pm (10.45pm), £7.00 – £9.50, fpp47.
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