”This is my first hour at Edinburgh”, Iain Stirling admits early on in his gig, and at times it shows. That’s not to say Stirling isn’t a talented comedian – he is – or that his jokes aren’t solidly funny and technically well-constructed – they are – or even that his gimmick is pointless – unusually, it actually helps his act. Rather, Stirling’s material just feels a touch flabby, with the build-up to each joke taking a minute too long, cumulatively making his set drag and meaning he never quite builds up enough laughter momentum to knock our socks off. A little wet behind the ears, Stirling will be great once he’s honed his craft for a little longer.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 1-26 Aug, 9.40pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Bell]