Many fringe-goers will be familiar with Mitch Benn’s formula for stand up comedy, and plenty of performers will be combining music and comedy at this year’s festival; few will be as likeable, talented and entertaining as Benn, however. The show title ‘Reduced Circumstances’ reflects his recent drop in weight (he’s lost eleven stone in twelve months) as well as the country’s recent financial losses. His songs are the highlight, a combination of funny, clever and catchy (‘Bouncy Druids’ in particular is sure to become a YouTube hit) though while his musical stylings stand out, his autobiographical routines are also not to be missed. He could be excused for coming over as preachy regarding his recent lifestyle change, but his ‘reduced circumstances’ are not reflected in his comic skills, and he keeps things fun. Well worth watching.
The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 4-26 Aug (not 8, 13) 3.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [David O’Connor]