Ian Smith - Anything (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

Ian Smith - Anything

Smith tantalisingly gets it right in places only to misjudge it in others

Rather than the nebulous 'anything', 'repetition' seems to be the theme of Ian Smith's solo hour. Sometimes it works, others not so much. Ostensibly a series of recollections of his life, Smith covers the everyday ephemera of horsing around with flatmates, being asked to give a talk at his former school and buying cream for his anus.

After a nicely faux-fluffed entrance, Smith meanders into some audience interaction and saves it with a well-timed mime, keeping it going long enough to wring out all the laughs. This is a tactic he will later rely on without as much success, as he perseveres with jokes beyond the point of amusement. There's also a sketchy moment as he starts a bit about football only to be met with indifference. He carries on regardless and the story of Glenn Hoddle's 1999 crime against political correctness is resurrected way past its sell-by date.

With an over-reliance on call-backs, the refusal to quit when a joke isn't working and the inclusion of the ancient Hoddle reference, Smith tantalisingly gets it right in places only to misjudge it in others.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 5.45pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Ian Smith - Anything

  • 2 stars

CKP in association with DAA Management. Ian Smith (BBC2's Popatron, Sky's Officially Special) is an award-winning stand-up comedian. Ian (bearded) has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting young acts on the circuit. This is his debut hour about that tricky, restrictive theme, anything. It's a shambling show…