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Stevie Martin Vol 1 (The Pleasance)

By | Published on Thursday 16 August 2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged that good intros are um… ‘Volume 1’ is a one-woman sketch comedy show, predicated entirely on the premise of opening scenes for comedy shows. Slick meta-sketchery aside, Stevie Martin is tremendously accomplished, using a variety of props, prods and studied daftness to poke fun at established comic tropes. And yet, the initial apparent cleverness of the format also proves to be the show’s slight undoing. The constraints of the premise start to chafe and so the big finishes (well, finishing openings) somehow don’t quite have the impact they should. Ultimately, any sketch show stands or falls on its hit:miss ratio and, as a debut show, this is not a bad opening volume at all.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]