Dominic Holland (4 stars)

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This article is from 2006.

Dominic Holland has his work cut out for him. The packed house might be quick to laugh, but it’s collectively unresponsive to the curly comic’s straw polling. So much so that a few minutes into his set that’s largely about being a parent (Dominic’s a father of four mini-Terminator boys), Holland concludes that he’s playing to 118 childless orphans who have between them no IT or DIY skills. The two members of the audience who do own up to being parents have, in fact, brought their kids to the show. That the siblings are an 11-year-old boy and his younger sister puts no little pressure on Holland, whose routine includes a section about explaining to his own eldest son the meaning of the birds and the bees. The presence of kids in the audience is, Holland admits, the final straw: this is the toughest crowd he has ever stood up for.

That Holland rises to the occasion and then some is testament to his talent. The material is fairly pedestrian (but then that’s the milieu of observational comedy, no?), but that too just goes to prove Holland’s got great instincts, timing, patter and a truly winning way with a crowd. (Miles Fielder)

Assembly Rooms, 226 2428, until 14 Aug, 8.45pm, £10-£11 (£9-£10).

This article is from 2006.

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