ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Comedy Reviews

Bloke (FE Productions / Laughing Horse Free Festival)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2011

Billing himself as an 18+ throwback to the off-colour comedians of the ‘70s, Reuben Lee’s stand-up is disappointingly mild. Nothing saps the power from an offensive joke worse than apologising for it: whether it gets a laugh or not, a comedian should stand by their material. Lee also suffers from an undeveloped style, starting stories with no punch-line, throwing out one-liners without warning, and generally stop-starting throughout the set. Similarly, his performance had no consistent thread or to provide a focus for the show; there were no call backs to jokes, or seeding of new ones. Some comedians do this deliberately; for Lee it seemed to be more an accident than a choice.

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 4 – 12 Aug, 3.15pm (4.15pm), free, fpp50.
tw rating 2/5