Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017 (2 stars)

Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

A rambling hour that only threatens to go somewhere profound

Formerly the youngest associate producer in US TV history, Ben Fogg chose to spurn his party-heavy lifestyle and six-figure salary to chance his arm as a comedian. His late father, a gregarious surgeon who had a proclivity for fast cars and for driving them too fast, was horrified by the news of his son's career change and he penned a significant missive to crystallise his disdain.

During a rambling preamble, Fogg disingenuously assures his audience that How I Won Best Newcomer 2017 is definitely not a 'dead dad' show, constructed to cynically cash in on his bereavement. In mitigation, it is an interesting and unpredictable story which Fogg assures us is all true.

Fogg is a charming performer and his disarming nature to some extent helps gloss over a significant lack of jokes. Throughout the show it's hard to shake the feeling that he's warming up to something more profound. When events do come to a head, a twist of sorts threatens to inject some life into the hour before it all peters out with a lackadaisical conclusion. Despite his hopeful show title, it's hard to imagine Fogg will bother the shortlists anytime soon.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug (not 14), 4.45pm, £8–£12 (£7–£11).

Ben Fogg: How I Won Best Newcomer 2017

  • 2 stars

Ben Fogg new show promises loads. We're interested in seeing the outcome …

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Aug

Pleasance Below

£10 (£9) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 18 Aug

Pleasance Below

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Pleasance Below

£12 (£11) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 28 Aug

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