Luke Benson - Backseat Hero
Deadpan delivery and thin material get lost in the void
This article is from 2012.
Bravely diverging from the ‘genial Geordie’ archetype, Luke Benson (aka Skywalker aka The Bensonator) has a deadpan, monotone delivery that fits well with his tales of urban discontent and gangly outsiderness (he’s 6’ 7”). Unfortunately this nuance is lost in the inflatable acoustic hell of the venue he’s playing tonight, and, coupled with material that’s stretched a little too thinly, it’s far from a rousing success.
Benson’s core story of being stalked by a threatening London cabbie has some shining moments in it (his interactions with a scouse support officer are a particular highlight), but it really deserves to be nothing more than 15 minutes in a wider-ranging set, and some desperate use of sound-effects highlights the lack of decent gags. A bit of adaptation to his surroundings wouldn’t have gone amiss either (aside from the sound issue, he’s six foot bloody seven – does this man need a stage?). Come back when you’ve filled out your show, Benson – and cross your fingers for a better venue.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 8.45pm, £9--£10 (£8--£9).