Lee Griffiths: Post Traumatic Sketch Disorder
The Late Night Gimp Fighter flounders in his solo Edinburgh Festival Fringe show
This article is from 2014.
At one point in Post Traumatic Sketch Disorder, Lee Griffiths does an impression of his ‘Nigerian dad’ (actually his father’s boyfriend). It’s an impression of a man we don’t know and who we haven’t heard speak. It’s presented as a highlight yet its inclusion is baffling.
Griffiths describes his show as ‘more like therapy than comedy’ which is perhaps a ruse to lower his audience’s expectations. He does have some interesting stories to tell: how he has three ‘dads’, how he accidentally found himself in a gay Hungarian sauna, and a climax based on his mum’s very unusual occupation. But, shorn of his fellow sketch members from Late Night Gimp Fight, Griffiths is a meek performer lacking the energy to bring his stories to life. He’s right on the money when he admits he’s unobservant: anecdotes are half-formed and his delivery falls frustratingly short at every turn.
When he needlessly hands out books with funny titles he further dissipates what little atmosphere there is. Although he builds to an interesting revelation, it happens far too late and he fluffs that too by over-wringing it. Griffiths’ writing and performance are far too loose and, without his sketch group to support him, he’s left floundering.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 Aug, 7.15pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9).