Ivo Graham: No Filter (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Ivo Graham: No Filter

This ex-Etonian is far from the pup of comedy he first seems

The ‘filter’ of the title is a reference to Instagram rather than a hint at any hard-hitting views. Selfie culture (along with other facets of the digital age), the etiquette of texting, hailing a taxi and being awkward around girls are all on the list of topics Ivo Graham gently probes.

The fresh-faced comic might seem like he’s barely into long trousers, but don’t be fooled into thinking his stand-up is the sign of early accomplishment. For a first show, this would have been admirable, but Graham has been performing at the Fringe for at least half a decade and, by now, we could have expected more than an endearing personality and some self-effacing observations.

The Eton graduate, who claims he’s more of a Labour man, makes a feature of his posh roots and this leads to some highlights, including an exceedingly polite call-back prop at the show’s close. He delivers a competent if toothless dance around contemporary culture, in which he details a really nice idea about the transactional economy of Facebook likes. But for Ivo Graham to capitalise on the promise of early awards and positive reviews, he may have to throw politeness out the window.

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Ivo Graham: No Filter

  • 3 stars

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