For Ben Verth, feeling old at 28 was something he coped with by delving into his past and reflecting on the funnier side of life. The Edinburgh comedian, who is also running the Scottish Comedy Festival, recounts bizarre and unbelievable events with the help of props and a slideshow. The best anecdotes are essentially very funny and are enhanced by Verth’s assured performance; his conversational style engaged the audience, though sometimes the more rambling sections seemed a bit flat compared to the delightful comic highlights they separated. Although some material felt in need of tighter handling, the show’s humorous core shone through often enough to produce an uplifting experience overall.
Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 1-26 Aug (not 9, 16), 5.10pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Emily Pulsford]