Friday 31 August 2012 | By Andrew Bell
ED2012 Comedy Review: Iain Stirling – Happy To Be The Clown? (Avalon Promotions)
”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]