Within the first ten minutes, Asher Treleaven informs his audience that his autobiographical show is “a grower not a shower”. Using six hats to represent different stages in his life, Treleaven explains that the purpose of his set is to determine whether or not his time on Earth so far has been interesting enough to talk about for an hour; it’s a premise that the Australian comic himself seems altogether unsure of initially. Despite this, Treleaven is warm and charmingly self-deprecating, and eventually hits his stride after an unexpected show of his diabolo skills (the result of three years at circus school) that is both funny and genuinely impressive. A slow burner, but one that does leave you smiling.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-26 Aug (not 13), 4.30pm
tw rating 3/5 | [Rebecca Low]