Sam Taunton: It's Nice, It's Modern
- Tom Bruce-Gardyne
- 15 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Laid-back charm can't fully mask a lack of bite
Sam Taunton has flown over 10,000 miles to be here for his Fringe debut. 'I'm just desperate to be liked!' the young Aussie comic blurts out, pointing to the giant 'please cheer and applaud' sign he carries with him on tour. For most of the ensuing 50 minutes we don't need much prompting as we're happy enough to laugh along at his tales of being a dumb white male and being dumped by his super-smart girlfriend.
Taunton is good on the painful comedy of break-up, but less so when riffing on the well-worn 'joys' of budget airlines. Before long we've strayed onto the topic of party drugs and joined the stand-up trapped in the shower with a flock of manic pigeons. He is good company and an undeniably smooth, confident operator which rather belies that 'desperate to be liked' shtick. In fact, you would have to say he is a natural on stage and none of his jokes are the least bit forced.
But maybe that's the problem; the laid-back charm conceals an absence of substance and bite. The comedy washes over you like a long soak in a warm bath. It's a nice, relaxing way to spend an hour, but not hugely memorable.
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