Rob Auton: The Water Show
A charming, meandering, unpolished show about H2O
This article is from 2015.
Rob Auton's new show is part verse, part maudlin reflection on existence and all plain silly. But largely thanks to the man himself (rather than his material’s proficiency), it's completely endearing, his naturally funny persona more than making up for a relative lack of precise jokes.
Auton has been gigging on the Free Fringe for a few years now, but hit the headlines in 2013 when a he was awarded Dave's Best Joke of the Fringe award for a gag that, it turns out, wasn't even in his show. Certainly, this comedy poet is far from a pun merchant. Instead, his shows are meandering, thoughtful affairs with a comedic bent, rather than a gag-packed hour.
This year, he presents The Water Show, in which he waxes lyrical about H2O, from the mundane to the quite amazing. It might sound like a one-dimensional theme but there's a childlike wonderment to Auton that makes you feel like you're seeing the world through his eyes for a spell. There are some genuinely dark moments in this show too; for instance, when he hints at his difficulty watching the news (which he's spoken about before) and these tonal dips might throw some crowds.
But Auton's got such a natural rapport with the audience which, at the midweek performance I attended, was packed into every available seat and ledge, has everyone on his side. His material might not be polished, but if anyone can carry an audience on charm alone at this year's Fringe, it's Rob Auton.
Banshee Labyrinth, 226 0000, until 30 Aug, 4pm, free.