Steve N Allen: Better Than (2 stars)

This article is from 2019

Steve N Allen: Better Than

Relaxed and assured look at positivity

Steve N Allen, best known for his appearances on The Mash Report, leaves the political stuff behind in his new show. Instead, Better Than is an exploration of how to be more positive and a better person. The premise is interesting but some of the gags feel a little worn, with Allen firing shots at the usual suspects of Trump and Weinstein. These jokes raise more of a collective groan from the audience rather than a chortle, and although certainly topical, the gags don't feel fresh.

However, there are plenty of original observations that make for much stronger routines, most notably the one about Allen's sexual mathematics. He takes us through several equations for successful threesomes, foursomes, and more; this seems to have inspired plenty of audiences, as one fan letter reveals. Another highlight is when Allen 'comes out' as an introvert, prompting a series of well-observed gags about why the bashful are sexier.

Allen is an assured and experienced performer, with a relaxed on-stage manner, even in the face of audience heckles and disruption. However, you might leave not entirely sure about what exactly he is doing to make himself better than. But does it really matter when you've had a good laugh?

The Stand 2, until 25 Aug (not 12), 8.50pm, £9 (£8).

Steve N Allen: Better Than

  • 2 stars

Steve N Allen / The Stand Comedy Club In a time when you can’t do right for doing wrong, Steve N Allen (as seen on BBC Two’s The Mash Report) takes a look at how hard it is to be better. When you want to be PC, right on or woke, it can be tough. Be better than a Weinstein. Be better than an angry Twitter egg. Be better…