Richard Stainbank – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2011

Review by Steve Bennett

Richard Stainbank could be the male Jo Brand, given his shapeless black clothing and constant references to his size and look and a depressed air of uncomfortable desperation.

It’s a good angle for a comic, if not necessarily for a well-adjusted member of society, and Stainbank initially mines it well, with some agreeably bleak turns of phrase and dark humour.

Ultimately, however, the balance between awkwardness and comedy tips too far the wrong way – but the persona shows potential, even if it doesn’t have an smidgen of slickness. Comedy’s not all about assured, polished delivery.

Review date: 29 Aug 2011
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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