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David Ward: The Whole Truth And Nothing But
From golfing to gambling, jailbird to joker, Ward certainly has a story to tell. More fun than Porridge, itíd be a crime to miss it.
An exhilarating mix of storytelling, theatre and stand-up.
Like every comedian, Dave Ward is a professional liar. But for his Edinburgh debut he has decided to tell his life story Ė and to tell it straight at that.
And quite eventful itís been, too. He was, briefly, a professional golfer before landing a job serving the great and the famous in celebrity hangout Langhanís. Most significantly, he developed a gambling problem and wound up in jail after stealing £7,500 from one of his employers to sustain his habit. And heís made some similarly catastrophic decisions in his love life too.
Thereís quite a lot to get through, which lends a necessary pace to his show, partway between stand-up and dramatic monologue. As he briefly summarises each disastrous episode, he tags a gag that canít help but seem slightly contrived, even if honest, on to the end of almost every paragraph. It weakens the truth to be making light of it, and weakens the jokes because the audience is still interested in the unfolding story.
As if realising this, once Ward reaches the point where heís sent down for theft, the emphasis shifts. The general stage lighting switches abruptly to hard spotlight. He sits on a low stool and remains silent for a second. Itís the universal signal that this is the serious acting bit. Itís drama, dahling.
This is the core of the story, when he tells of his time at Her Majestyís pleasure. The throttle comes off the jokes, but the laughs that do come are more heartfelt, as they sit more comfortably with whatís being said, emerging naturally from his observan, engrossing descriptions of life behind bars.
Wardís clearly not a toughened criminal so itís easy to relate to his experiences and his reactions to the people he encountered. In fact, the strength of his tale is that heís essentially an Everyman, and that the fate that befell him could equally happen to any one of us.
This essential section is a skilful bit of storytelling, compared to the rest of the show that often seems like some facts and some jokes thrown together in the hope it will work. It does to an extent, but never quite seems like a natural union. The ending, in which he ties his formative experiences to the stand-up career he now has, jars a bit, too.
But whatever the pros and cons of the comedy; the key is that Ward has an interesting tale to share, and the audience remains engaged because they want to hear it. In the telling, he proves himself very good company.
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
So, one of comedy's most deluded souls tries to be too clever. I rated Ward as a comic, when he had shorter hair and was generally more pleasant than he is now. This Edinburgh outing exposes Ward as a lightweight.