Andy Field: Roar
Flashes of promise drowned out by a lack of conviction and depth of material
The free festival is a bit of a risk, for performers and audiences. Most punters know this and are willing to give acts the benefit of some doubt as they're taking a punt. Likewise, performers should be expecting empty rooms sometimes, and most do. However, Andy Field, winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Award last year (as he reminds us frequently), hasn't developed a strategy for it beyond closing the show as early as he thinks he can get away with.
Our audience was six or seven strong. There were regular titters, encouraging smiles and at least two big laughs. So though it was small, it wouldn't be a hard crowd for an experienced stand-up to work and, importantly, he could have practised crowd skills or tried out new material. Perhaps Field just doesn't have any. There's certainly a better punchline to 'Belton John' going begging.
He does know how to put a good joke or two together, has a winning personality and a lot of potential, but simply lacks confidence and conviction. His reaction to subdued amusement probably means he's used to relying on surfing slightly undeserved laughs into funnier bits and really needs to learn to brazen it out and have some back-up material.
Laughing Horse @ Moriarty's, until 28 Aug, 8pm, free.