Alfie Brown & Ivo Graham
Rants and interruptions hamper this newbie duo
This article is from 2010.
Maybe they’ve had too many accolades in the past year, including the So You Think You’re Funny title for Graham, and have become complacent. Maybe they were having an off night, or rushed up to Edinburgh, eager to show their talents but not quite sure how. Whatever happened, opener Ivo Graham appeared so fixated on the ‘weird atmosphere’, that he simply created one. Flashes of confidence were interrupted by veering off-piste when he doesn’t yet have the compere skills to cope with a quieter Wednesday night crowd and instead dedicated his slot to mumblings and an awkward game of Werewolf.
Brown follows, and salvages something of the gig with a set peppered by moments of slick inspiration but hampered by half-written material and some plea-ridden rants that didn’t quite fit right and ultimately missed the mark. Ivo and Alfie are likeable and most certainly have funny bones, but this was not the show to prove it.
The GRV, 226 0000, until 29 Aug (not 23), 9.50pm, £5.