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Ben Van Der Velde
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Brian Damage & Krysstal
Original Review:Newcomer Brett Sharpe takes a rather hack line on a rather hack subject, and drags it out to a five-minute routine, which he delivers in a blunt, unspontaneous style.
Yet somehow it works, just about, partly as a sort of ‘anti-comedy’ that ignores the conventions of the genre and partly for the daring of padding one idea with such verbosity.
The subject he mostly concentrates on is those special constabulary recruitment ads of a few years back that asked described difficult situations a copper might encounter, then asked: ‘I couldn’t do that? Could you?’ Not the most appealing way to advertise a job you might think – which is exactly Sharpe’s thrust.
Yet as he teases simple argument along, he does bring the audience with him, with a little twist here, or dramatic pause there to keep people’s interest. The eventual payoff is neat, however, while his appealing touches include pre-announcing a later callback.
The only part of his set hat’s not on this theme also takes inspiration from TV ads – concentrating on the expensive commercials heralding Norwich Union’s rebranding as Aviva. Similarly, this culminates in a nice idea but doesn’t say much along the way… and likewise works a lot better than you would expect,
His would, however, be an even better set had he not followed such an obvious train of thought. But in style and persona, Sharpe is an intriguing prospect.
I find Mr. Sharpe to be one of the most promising prospects on the scene and I know that I am not alone in saying that. He defiantly warrants a place on any bill.
Has some brilliant stuff about how men and women are different and how busy tube trains are.
As the review say Bret is an 'intriguing prospect' and he has definitely improved since this review was written. His material has moved on and is tighter and funnier now, he is unique on the scene and progressing along nicely. Check him out if you have the chance.
Struggling stand-up comedian. Complete waste of time.