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Maff Brown – Born Again Comedian (Bound and Gagged Comedy)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Maff Brown’s opening quip, about where he gets his corkscrew curls, is unfortunately one of the only convincing jokes in this show. At times, it has the uncomfortable air of an 80s working men’s club routine, complete with a couple of un-PC references that sound dated. Brown’s comedy is of the cheeky Cockney chappy ilk, but his delivery can feel rushed, meaning some of the set-up-and-punchline jokes (that probably work when he’s writing for Mock The Week) go wide of the mark. Some of his PowerPoint-style visuals work well, playing on our collective nostalgia for the Bud-Weis-Er frogs, but overall, his rather knowing on-stage persona suggests that Brown thinks he’s funnier than he actually is.

Gilded Balloon, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Laura Gavin]