David Heffron: Honest
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2007
If truth is beauty, then I've never looked so good. Can a man survive a month without telling a single fib? Every word is true - even the lies.
It is the scourge of the festival, that promising comedians do hour long shows well before they are ready, resulting in poor reviews that plague them for years to come. David Heffron is one of these comedians.
A likeable Glaswegian, who thankfully smoothes out his accent for the largely international room, Heffron fills me with optimism in the first few minutes. After shaping the audience into a happy whole, trusting his comedic talents to lead us through an hour of our lives, things start to go wrong.
Firstly another act who’s performing in the venue turns up, walks across the stage while Heffron’s show is in full flight, to get backstage to collect his flyers. I don’t know why Heffron did not channel his inner Glaswegian and bottle the guy.
Then Heffron launches in to a story about online gaming – or so I eventually deduce r – but without enough set-up, so any punchlines are lost. A simple explanation of what Warcraft World is for those of us with lives could have saved this material.
This happens several times; stories are so badly set up so promising punchlines fall flatter than they should.
Much of the hour is also spent explaining that although he intended to write the show about honesty he never got a chance. He was, ironically, fired from his job for stealing and instead of giving him more time to write the show, it seems to have given him less.
However, despite his excuses the show does roughly follow this theme, albeit not in the way he originally intended. Stories on his grandma’s honesty, provide the necessary backbone of the show. They also provide enough laughs to sustain my interest.
But keep watching this man, he is promising, and in a few year’s time after a lot more gigs I expect to see him laughing in my face with a sterling review.
Reviewed by: Rosie Carnahan