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At Chortle Fast Fringe 2012
Extract from his Edinburgh show
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|At Chortle Fast Fringe 2012|
|Luke Benson at the Leicester Comedy Festival|
|Luke Benson: Muggings|
|Luke Benson: Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2008|
Luke Benson: Fringe 2012
This debut show from Geordie Luke Benson is a real game of two halves. The first has him issuing forth a number of unrelated routines for half an hour, with the only apparent glue being a series of sound effects and playful, gun-slinging self-affirming phrases (like ‘bringing it home’), and the second is his set piece story about being stalked by a cabbie after a road accident. It almost works, even if is rather Route One, and arguably a bit lazily written.
The first half is patchy, and unconvincing and so, while Benson’s 6ft 7in is a officially a giant stature, he doesn’t impose on his own show and make us believe that he really is ‘Quick Whittington.” A lot of his preamble is quite coy.
A subsequent riff on Fantasy Football takes the title literally and the substitution of mythical figures for footballers seems laboured until he ends it with an irresistibly stupid coupling. It’s clear from this point that he’s someone you have to keep your eye on, in the right way.
The other side of watchfulness is embodied in Benson’s set-piece story by the London cabbie who collides with Benson on his bike. The cabbie won’t settle the insurance through the official channels and threatens to stalk Benson – including attending his comedy gigs – until a rather arbitrary sum of money is paid to him to repair the damage to the cab.
The events that followed are brought to a nice simmer and this is where the excitement stays, a big finish is partially denied by the rush he’s in to keep to his time slot. An ever-present sense of slight menace is enough to keep the audience intrigued, while Benson is playful with his tormentor.
Judging by this show, Benson’s next Fringe hour might be best off as a collection of stories with some choice segue gags. Certainly he’s laid the foundation and suggested that he is, as his stalker says, ‘too big to disappear’.
|Date of live review: Wednesday 8th Aug, '12|
Review by Julian Hall
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Great and very inventive gagssmiths!
Saw him at Espionage at the Edinburgh Fringe on Saturday and he was fantastic. As it was the free pick of the fringe, I wasn't expecting an amazing line-up but even though he was one of the first on stage, he was def the best. Definitely recommend seeing him!
Very promising newer act with great lines and an appealing stage persona. I expect him to go far.
Weak puns and jokes a few friends good cobble together over a few pints in the pub.
I think Luke is great, he is my Big Bro and it may take a while for you to catch on to his jokes but there funny when you do. YouRockBigBro x
Luke is a brilliant comedian and one of the very best mcs on the circuit at the moment.
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