Daniel Audritt: Trying To Be Good (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Daniel Audritt: Trying To Be Good

Achieving his best self as well as the finest comic he can be

What does it mean to be good these days? Daniel Audritt is working hard on being a better person, but is the title actually just a hint that he would far rather prefer to be a superior comedian? In a perfect world, of course, both goals could be achieved. He may be in rush to have kids of his own, but Audritt revels in his distancing role of godparent, which provides plenty glory with barely any of the responsibility.

OK, so far, so not so good. Then he recalls the time he was on the London underground and took evasive action to save himself in an incident which showed that once paranoia takes hold, anyone could think and act like an actual racist.

So, there's not much evidence to be seen here that Audritt is hitting the heights as a human being: what of his comedy? A clear fascination with language exists in his bones, as proven by an opening gambit about the words we use to describe the process of feeling love which seem to run contrary to that emotion. A rather hackneyed analysis of the negative aspects in the Disney canon lets Audritt down temporarily but he soon rallies with a gag about meat and veganism that's a neat bit of wordplay rather than an assault on either of those parties. Now, there's a good boy.

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Trying to Be Good

  • 3 stars

Daniel Audritt Award-winning comedian, TV and radio writer and co-creator of Comedy Central’s Modern Horror Stories, Daniel Audritt asks – ‘what really makes us good?’, in his new punchline-heavy stand-up show. Having previously had jokes on shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Mock the Week, Comic Relief, The News…