Luke Benson at the 2010 Hackney Empire new act final

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Corry Shaw

Luke Benson is a promising new stand-up whose confidence and delivery has improved vastly over his short career. The material tonight however, was generally uninspiring, relying on puns and one-liners above the more maturely written anecdotes that comprise his usual set.

A likeable performer, he has the potential to go further if he can achieve better consistency. His Abu Hamza line came too early in the evening for the audience, leading to some shocked groans, although whether this was because of the sensitive subject matter or the convoluted set up is unclear.

His material about being a genuine giant faired better, while his job interview routine displayed some more inventive writing, and boasted one of the best lines of the evening.

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

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