Ben Davis – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2008

Review by Steve Bennett

Charming new boy Ben Davis talks with all the urgency of a stroke victim. But his very slow, almost whispered delivery – somewhat akin to circuit favourite Alun Cochrane – does have the advantage of drawing the audience towards him.

Such low-energy approach can give the false impression that he isn't firing on all cylinders, but, it actually shows a quiet confidence in his distinctive, if still-developing material.

It takes a while to adjust to his pace, but ultimately it’s very beguiling. The set is not always hilarious, but there is a neatness, originality and maturity to his sophisticated writing, rich with esoteric references which takes his routine in genuinely unexpected directions. ‘Classy’ would about cover it.

Review date: 27 Oct 2008
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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