A winner of the 2010 Buxton Fringe Award for Best Individual Comedy Show, in Edinburgh Gerry Howell offers a stand-up comedy show that won’t hurt your wallet and which he describes as a “wordy performance”, with readings of extracts from uninspiring stories he has written. His intention is to get through them without making any puns, and at least in this he was successful. But un-punny after un-punny story soon became rather monotonous and dull, causing a few audience members to drift off to sleep… presumably he also aimed to amuse and entertain, and this is where he fell short. While the direct communication with the audience was rather enjoyable, the majority of the show felt rambling and not so glorious after all.
Bannermans, 5-24 Aug (not 14, 18), 4.15pm
tw rating 3/5 | [Emma Obank]