The frankly foolish decision to bump John Robins from a TV panel show is the narrative catalyst behind ‘Incredible Scenes’, directed by Robins’ former cont> cont> flatmate Russell Howard. With a whimsical turn of phrase, the comedian expertly weaves together stories about electric shavers, the comedy circuit and his native Bristol, in a style that is fiercely intelligent, but also genuinely sympathetic – an oft-overlooked trait in stand-up. It’s all delivered so naturally, but there’s brilliant craftsmanship and innate comedy timing working subtly in the background of the show. It’s very sweet, occasionally saucy and ludicrously funny – I laughed so much it made my lungs hurt. For now, TV’s loss is Edinburgh’s gain. These truly are some incredible scenes.
Just The Tonic at The Caves, 2-26 Aug (not 14), 7.20pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Holly Close]