Stephen K Amos: The Feelgood Factor (2 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Stephen K Amos: The Feelgood Factor

Losing the feelgood factor

Irony is the currency of modern comedy, and Stephen K Amos’ show is undoubtedly an ironic experience; just not, perhaps, in the way he intended. Although it’s pitched as a feelgood experience, his hour turns out to be a very dispiriting one indeed. The beginning is deceptively promising, with rotating glitter balls and energetic dancers. So far, so light entertainment, and Amos promises the show will deliver ‘exactly what it says on the tin’.

Some say that performing to 800 people in a venue the size of an aircraft hangar is comedy napalm, as if the entertainer has swapped credibility for cash in a pact with the devil. Yet other performers can play to a crowd this size and keep the material fresh while catering to a mass audience. Not so here, with tired observations about the weather and childhood that have been done better elsewhere. Amos is clearly a force field of good-hearted charisma, and has his sights set high, merrily announcing that he’s been given his own TV show. But his promise that ‘at the end of the show you will all have felt good’ sadly remains unfulfilled.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 18), 9.40pm, £14–£15 (£12.50–£13.50).

Stephen K Amos - The Feelgood Factor

  • 2 stars

Forget the credit crunch and welcome to the show that's full of fun, warmth, bonhomie and love. 'Unites everyone in laughter' (The List). 'For sheer entertainment value Amos is tough to beat' (Evening Standard).


1. Glasgow-Al10 Aug 2009, 9:10pm1 star Stephen K Amos: The Feelgood Factor Report

Unfortunately I agree with the List reviewer - I was amazed not to have enjoyed this show. I've seen Stephen on panel shows, he's clearly a very funny man. I can only imagine that he' taken his eye off the ball - there was no structure to his act, no discernible thread despite a really promising set up. I don't think much has gone into the writing of the material, I can't believe it's been tested before coming up to Edinburgh and, sorry to say, the delivery wasn't good. On the plus side, I'm pretty sure SKA knew he bombed, so hopefully there will be a re-write and things will get back on track.

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