Shut it Down Carol 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 06, Aug 2019
Mr Hedges presents as a genuine, lovely, and humane comedian. He checked if it was okay to ask people direct questions. He told stories about people in his family, but never with mean intent. Mr Hedges does long-form comedy, a long narrative with diversions and interludes for context and background and additional colour. At the core of his comedy, Mr Hedges is a fabulous storyteller.
On stage, Mr Hedges seems entirely comfortable, though on this occasion perhaps a little (unnecessarily) worried about how the show would float on a smaller audience. Some people were clearly in the wrong room, but those who weren’t found enough to laugh at and the rest to enjoy.
As should be expected from a story-teller, Edd has the pacing and tone nailed, able to generate a cloud of tension and then eviscerate it with a punchline. His stories are down-to-earth and really quite relatable – it’s unlikely everyone’s got a mum who’s done what his has, but every family has some odd stories that will pass into legend (or have already).
He talks fast, so pin back your listening ears, but this is an endearing comedian telling great stories.
Reviewed by Laura
Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree
13:35 (until 25th)