Stuart Goldsmith: An Hour (Free Show) (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Stuart Goldsmith: An Hour (Free Show)

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A relatable, effortlessly funny hour from a true showman

It is incredible that Stuart Goldsmith doesn’t have his own TV show by now. Every bit the showman (he’s like a funny Richard Hammond), Goldsmith tells us he has been coming to the Edinburgh Fringe for 21 years. It shines through as he delivers punchlines with his practised smile practically going ‘ting’.

Without even moving, Goldsmith emanates energy constantly. When he does move around, the eyes of the crowd follow him unblinking. He has a deep talent for keeping the audience’s attention the whole time, slipping effortlessly from one routine into another and never losing a beat.

Goldsmith is relentless, with one-liners and clever quips accompanying every carefully crafted anecdote, stories he relays word for word in a way that he knows will get the crowd every time. While he fumbles a couple of times as he presents his material, the comic recovers insanely fast, making a joke of his mistakes so effortlessly that they too might well have been scripted. And don’t take this as a criticism, because this ability is also incredibly impressive.

Goldsmith has a relatable humour, non-edgy but completely accessible. He doesn’t say anything shocking but will definitely find humour in the everyday, tapping into his generation exactly, getting huge laughs by dissecting the humdrum and relaying it expertly. A guaranteed safe bet.

Canons’ Gait, 226 0000, until 30 Aug, 4.55pm, free.

Stuart Goldsmith: An Hour

  • 3 stars

Quick-fire wit and improvisations from the Amused Moose Comedy Award 2015 nominee as he takes comedy right back to its source.