Luke Graves at the 2010 Hackney Empire new act final

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Corry Shaw

Luke Graves is a stand-up without any kind of hook, and while his material and delivery show promise, the routine feels under developed. Graves states he likes to cover topics not discussed by other acts, but after a weak section about his transvestite nephew he moves on to the Daily Mail, Jeremy Kyle and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Sorry, Luke, but those topics are done to death and he just doesn’t have anything new to add. That said, his eye for joke structure and rhythm was one of the best of the night – he just needs the gags to go with it. He was also one of only a handful of acts on the bill tonight who had the professionalism not to go over their allocated time.

Review date: 31 Jan 2010
Reviewed by: Corry Shaw
Reviewed at: Hackney Empire

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