Richard Sandling – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2007

Review by Steve Bennett

Tipped newcomer Richard Sandling, a big fella from Essex, gets cracking with some painfully bad pub-gag puns, told with a knowing cheesiness. It doesn’t auger well.

But then he relaxes into the body of his set, about his obsession with films (indeed, he’s performed two hour-long Fringe shows on the topic), and proved he was much better than his own introduction suggests.

He becomes properly angry on the subject, with a passion that’s truly engaging. He has a great gag about sequels, and imagines what would have happened had Christopher Walken had Harrison Ford’s career, given that he once auditioned for the role of Hans Solo.

It was an original routine, with a strong angle – which is no doubt why the judges awarded him first place.

Review date: 24 Aug 2007
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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