Saturday 11 August 2012 | By Holly Close
ED2012 Comedy Review: Steve Gribbin – Viva Gribbostania! (Steve Gribbin / The Stand Comedy Club)
Steve Gribbin has had it up to here with this country; it’s all banking scandals and teenagers listening to overly loud music. Rather than just complaining about it, he’s set up a country of his own: Gribbostania. Gribbin looks at what makes a national identity – flags, borders and entry into Eurovision – helped along by an interesting range of songs. Though nervous that some material was untested, it was often these jokes that worked best, such as an excellent visual gag about the difference between Scottish and Irish dancing. Unfortunately these funnier moments were often lost amongst timing issues and a reliance on already overworked topical references. It’s not quite nul points for Steve, but there’s definitely room for improvement.
The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 2-26 Aug (not 13), 8.10pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Holly Close]