Ian Smith: Whereabouts
Observational hour with a touch of the surreal
This article is from 2015.
If there was a prize at the Fringe for the King of the Call Back, Ian Smith would be sure to win it. Ducking, weaving and returning to gags on topics as random as mannequins, bum bags and Mini Cheddars, Smith somehow manages to make a complex zig zag back and forth between topics look effortless. Now on his third Fringe show, it's certainly the work of an assured performer.
The man from Goole (a town in east Yorkshire and not to be confused, he warns, with a misspelling of Google) is an extremely likeable presence. He holds the audience's attention for a full hour with his mixture of complex stand-up technique and a bit of PowerPoint.
Whereabouts is observational in the main with a daft take on the delight of a child on holiday discovering that their remote control operates the TV set in a nearby caravan; plus there’s a nosy at Postman Pat's living arrangements and a deconstruction of the Noah's Ark adaptation which he appeared in, exposing some people's amusing ignorance of history. In other places there's an additional touch of the surreal with his odd next-door neighbours’ attempts at deterring burglars certainly unconventional.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 30 Aug, 7pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).