Gavin Webster – A Controversial Title In Order To Sell Tickets 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 04, Aug 2014
Gavin Webster – A Controversial Title In Order To Sell Tickets
A Controversial Title In Order To Sell Tickets isn’t actually controversial in itself, Geordie comic Webster is at pains to point out. The wryly aggressive way in which he tackles this misunderstanding kicks off a set in which Webster discusses a number of reactions, or overreactions, to previous titles he has chosen for his Edinburgh shows. In doing so he takes a comedic swipe at people in their 20s, vitriolic Bill Hicks’ fans and, of course, the utter stupidity and thickness of all comedy journalists. Oh. Oh dear.
The strength of Webster’s show lies in his ability to power through material that brings both instant laughs as well as slow burners which draw out the humour once the audience has had a chance to catch up. He has a go at comedy awards gifted for the most tenuous reasons which is a particular high point, as well as a brilliantly funny take-down of other ‘comedians’ shows which have led to inexplicable popularity and success. Some of the punchlines take a while to reach but the payoff is always worth it.
Webster is an engaging presence and his method of switching between various accents allows the characters he draws upon to really come to life. The audience I was a part of definitely warmed to him and it was a joyous way to spend an hour.
But what would I know? I’m stupid and thick.
Reviewed by Diane
Stand 4 – 17.50