Gavin Webster: Buddhism and Other Such Rubbish (2 stars)

This article is from 2019

Gavin Webster: Buddhism and Other Such Rubbish

Lack of substance masks a provocative hour

Hailing from Country Durham, Gavin Webster is a veteran of the comedy club circuit, making him a confident performer whose new show has him returning to Edinburgh for a 12th year. With such a provocative title as Buddhism and Other Such Rubbish, you'd expect Webster to be firing shots on all sorts of cylinders but, unfortunately, he never really quite hits the mark.

Webster doesn't really hate Buddhism, you see, or indeed any of the other subjects he takes aim at here, including veganism and women in the workplace. The show is all about people who have a go at things even when they don't know anything about the topic in question. There are some stand-out moments in this hour-long affair, with Webster being particularly good when he's riffing on 'rah rahs' and the various relationships between the working and middle classes. However, across Buddhism and Other Such Rubbish, the jokes about race and gender feel somewhat outdated and incendiary for the sake of it, rather than because they have any real substance behind them.

The Stand 2, until 25 Aug, 7.35pm, £10 (£9).

Gavin Webster: Buddhism and Other Such Rubbish

  • 2 stars

Gavin Webster / The Stand Comedy Club Buddhism? Absolute nonsense! I’m appalled about it or something. Mental health?! We didn’t have mental health 40 years ago and we still survived. Trans rights?! I don’t have rights but you don’t hear me complaining do you? Veganism? Oh please! I love meat me, what do you think of that…