This showcase from The Shack – one of Edinburgh’s rare year-round comedy clubs – began happily with compere Jojo Sutherland – who is a bit like a dirty-minded, teasing aunt – warming up the stage. Then came Andrew Watts, a harmless and likeable man with less-than-ground-breaking material, but who came up with some very witty moments of interaction with the audience. Stuart Black brought similarly solid material, but it was not until the arrival of Nick Beaton that we were treated to more original social observations, resulting mostly in his amused outrage. JellyBeen Martinez provided a shot of energy, bringing some cheeky laughs and Kiwi Andre King concluded with his well-observed but often dragging reflections on relationships. An enjoyable mixed bag, with Nick Beaton a definite highlight.
The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 1-25 Aug (not 13), 10.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Sarah Macartney]