Ivo Graham (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Ivo Graham

An ingenious and keen debut hour

Ivo Graham is a smart young chap. Blessed with a set of vocal chords that are posher than a Corgi working the tills at Waitrose, he still succeeds in painting himself as the underdog. While his university mates are quaffing ale, he’s sitting in a corner eating yoghurt and when he goes to a drum and bass night, he ends up holding the door open for about an hour while the tough kids troop in.

And don’t get him started on matters with the opposite sex. He’s keen (as English mustard), but hasn’t quite developed the nous to follow through any of his intentions. Still, the education system has certainly done Graham good as he shows off some delightful turns of phrase and ingenious flights of fancy as his tales of semi-failure escalate.

Still, he’s nice to his gran. His funny closing story concerns that relationship and discount tins of Ambrosia Rice. There are few comics doing routines about that particular product this Fringe, and even if someone dared to stomp on his manor, they are unlikely to carry it off with quite the aplomb of Ivo Graham.

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