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Charlie Smith – Too Tall For The Ride (Charlie Smith / Free Festival)

By | Published on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Billed as Ireland’s tallest comedian, Charlie Smith presents an anecdotal show that also incorporates surrealist elements, with varying degrees of success. For the most part, Smith’s charm and self-deprecating wit engages his audience, pulling them along as his stories, of the childhood and everyday struggles of a 6ft 8 man, delight and entertain. At times, however, it feels as though he’s trying to do too much. An example of a particularly bemusing point occurred when Smith broke off from an enjoyable segment about ‘Letterland’ in order to play a recording of himself reading funny words out of a dictionary. With a tighter structure, Smith’s show could be truly great – at the moment, there are still several loose threads.

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, until 13 Aug, 2.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Tom Bateman]