Rob Heeney: No Pressure
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Following his sell-out debut show, I'm Better Than My Dad, Rob returns with laid-back stand-up, stories and occasional complaining. Agree with him if you want, laugh if you like. No pressure
Rob Heeney doesn’t know if he wants to have kids. He thinks he may be too irresponsible, and his show revolves around the reasons why. He seems like a nice enough guy, and perhaps if you’re a nice enough guy who’s not sure if he wants to have kids you’ll care enough about the reasons to spend an hour hearing them.
But this is a series of anecdotes too personal to be of much interest to a randomly drawn festival audience. For the most part this is because they are insufficiently insightful and not quite funny enough.
He has some observations about the people of Man, his island of origin, featuring their pessimism, and urge to encourage their own - coming to see him even though they thought he was going to be rubbish. He shares with us one of those laddish pub jokes you can only get if you were there at the time. The atmosphere is jolly enough, but it would be a relief to see some evidence that he has noticed the world beyond his nose.
Heeney is a friendly, smiley sort of a guy who probably, in the final reckoning, doesn’t want to have kids, but completely fails to make his audience care either way in the 45 minutes since he first brought it up. The odd laugh just doesn’t ameliorate any irritation with his self-absorption.
Reviewed by: Chloe Smith