Iain Stirling (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Iain Stirling

Fresh-faced honesty and natural charisma

Relying primarily on his deep charm, wicked sense of humour and red-hot wit, Iain Stirling possesses all of the born-with-it-or-you’re-not qualities associated with the world’s leading comics. Material in Happy to be the Clown? moves from discussing his mum’s Facebook page, Masterchef and train toilets, often with tenuous links, or occasionally with no link at all. During such moments, the comedian merely giggles, looks at the audience before admitting, ‘I really just haven’t written a link for this bit yet’. Such is the fresh-faced honesty and natural charisma of the performer though, occasions such as these all become part of the show.

As a 24-year-old, Stirling’s material will perhaps chime best with a younger demographic as he shares numerous accounts of stories they might relate to. Perhaps the most impressive aspect is his ability to tie it all together, making regular reference to topics previously covered, something he clearly recognises himself: ‘That is a great link, you have no idea how long it took me to come up with that one.’

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Iain Stirling: Happy to Be the Clown?

  • 4 stars

The former Edinburgh University law student got his start busting guts between case law study.