Review of Bennett Arron supporting Mark Maier

Note: This review is from 2009

Review by Steve Bennett

Mild-mannered Arron is one of the most innocuous comedians on the circuit. His set, which has barely changed in a decade, revolves around his unusual Welsh-Jewish heritage – ‘so I was never quite sure why I was being beaten up,’ he says in typically self-effacing style.

He never swears, although does indulge in mild innuendo about his failings in bed, or sweetly teases the pensioners who advertise in the Personals section of Mature Times. There’s no bite to any of his material, which laps gently over the audience and runs the real risk of seeming bland.

Some nicely crafted lines mitigate this, although for every two elegantly inventive gems, there’s probably one terribly clunky pun. But Arron’s soft charm and cheery, almost cheesy, smile usually carries him through, in a performance that’s notably understated.

Review date: 8 Oct 2009
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Reviewed at: Bloomsbury Theatre

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