Discover Ben Target (4 stars)

Prop-heavy, unpredictable riot is a triumph of chaos-masked complexity

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This article is from 2012.

Discover Ben Target

Throughout Discover Ben Target the gathered punters are taken on numerous bizarre and wonderful journeys. The first, a figurative express trip from “This is unusual” to “Why-in-shitting-hell-are-we-not-sitting-at-the-back?” to the last, a casual stroll down the Cowgate in search of a stick. Oh, and then there's the forty-a-side game of volleyball.

Discover Ben Target is a succession of interweaving skits, each linked together by the theme of peculiarity. Whilst a handful of unfortunate audience members do become bait for the bearded comic there is no greater humiliation than that which he bestows upon himself. Humiliation though, is a key and ever present topic throughout the show.

The style employed by Ben Target means that there is unlikely to be any two shows the same and in utilising a great many props and accomplices Discover Ben Target is not only a hilarious and expertly executed routine but also a deceptively complex production, hidden beneath a mask of chaos.

Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug (not 13), 4.55pm, £8--£9

This article is from 2012.

Discover Ben Target

  • 4 stars

The words ‘genius’, ‘unique’ and ‘the best’ are often misused. Ben Target is a comedian. He will be with you for 53 minutes. Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, 2011. ‘A hugely gifted prop comic whose shows are in equal parts delightful and unsettling’ (Guardian). ‘What a gem Target is… probably the most original, the…

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