Andrew White: Retirement Tour (4 stars)

Andrew White: Retirement Tour

Spencer Mulholland Photography

Insightful look at the less glamorous side of professional comedy

Andrew White is officially done with stand-up. Even though he's only 19, he already has four years of gigs under his belt, and is feeling like now is the right time to hang up the mic and go to university. His offer letter to Cardiff University sits just to the right of the stage, a constant reminder that this really is his Retirement Tour: or is it?

The talent is very obviously there, as he starts the hour with a friendly jab at the Fringe brochure, which erroneously describes him as a nine-year-old. Some member of the audience might initially enter the room expecting a child prodigy, but they will certainly stay for the rampantly engaging tirade against rib and saucy crisps.

Less capable hands might have struggled with injecting topics such as living with dysthymia, growing up gay in a conservative rural village, or the emotional toll of unsuccessful gigs and an uncertain future with humour, but White interweaves them with well-timed use of visual aids, which he does not allow to become a crutch. He might believe himself finished with the world of comedy, but there is certainly still a place for him in it.

Just the Tonic at The Mash House, until 25 Aug, 1.05pm, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.

Andrew White: Retirement Tour

  • 4 stars

Andrew White What do you do when life comes to a crossroads? Write a show about it, of course! At 19 years old, Andrew White can’t help but question his next steps: should he keep slogging it out on the stand-up circuit? Or should he leave it all behind for further education? Is this truly the Retirement Tour? A…

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