Angus Brown: Get Ready! Get Set! Ahh F*%k It
- Rebecca Monks
- 9 August 2015
This article is from 2015.
Enthusiastic stand-up from a man deeply committed to apathy
There's a certain irony in the fact that Angus Brown has come all the way from Australia to do a show about how he never gets round to doing anything. His routine is rooted in his 'committed relationship with apathy', exploring why he has very little follow-through, but a lot of big ideas. Luckily, in the case of his Fringe show, Brown had the brainwave, got ready, got set and decided not to fuck it, with the result being a solid hour of stand-up.
Brown repeatedly refers to himself as lazy, but that doesn't feel like an accurate representation of his comedy style. Uniquely, his storytelling manages to be simultaneously relaxed and enthusiastic: he's keen to regale you, sure, but in his own sweet time. Whether he's telling
the audience about the moment he thought he had 'death dick', or the time something unthinkable happened to him 45 feet below sea level in a submarine that 'was practically made of hay', Brown engrosses you (but slowly and very steadily, mind).
Just like that submarine, jokes resurface throughout the show in subtle ways, and there’s a definite message to take away: just go ahead and do it. It might sound like a sportswear advert, but hey, if it got Angus Brown to Edinburgh, it must work.
C south, 0845 260 1234, until 31 Aug, 10.15pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£5.50–£7.50).