Globe-trotting charmer gets coy
This article is from 2008.
Matt Kirshen explains away his show's title (Keep Smiling, Matt. Just Keep Smiling) saying he has a funny face and smiles a lot. Now this is obviously a more favourable title than, My Adventures in the Weird Land that is America which would have been a less catchy but more truthful summation of his hour of quality stand-up. Kirshen is insanely likeable, the kind of self-confessed nerd who we're laughing with, not at. Having been a part of the recent US series Last Comic Standing, he brings us observations on fame, religion, rules and junk food in America.
While Kirshen's observations are on point, he seems less able to find the comic G-spot in many of his subjects. Rather than probe around for the most satisfying possible climax to his vignettes, he coyly resists, resulting in something not as funny as the build-up might suggest. Kirshen has huge comic potential and taking some of his gags beyond stand-up foreplay would leave us all with a true night to remember.
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