Ro Campbell at the 2009 Scottish Comedian Of The Year final

Note: This review is from 2009

Review by Steve Bennett

As an Australian living in Scotland, Ro Campbell might be expected to have some unique insight on his adoptive country, but all he’s come up with is that the people are pasty and it rains a lot.

A routine about Australian Guantanamo prisoner David Hicks promises more, but proves one-note and obvious; while his closing segment pleases and disgusts the crowd in equal measure as he plunges headfirst into wilfully crude territory, though it’s shock-value comedy, rather than witty.

His assured, upbeat manner sells such material as he’s got hard, but there’s the inescapable feeling that he’s got all the rhythm and style of a stand-up, but little of the content. A presenter, perhaps, more than an innate comedian.

Review date: 28 Sep 2009
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Reviewed at: Glasgow City Halls and Old Fruitmarket

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