Chris Kent: Moving On (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Chris Kent: Moving On

Engaging storytelling let down by too many passages free of laughter

Moving On is an entertaining hour from a fantastic storyteller. Beginning with his move to England and culminating with the birth of his son, Chris Kent moves seamlessly between anecdotes, painting vivid and funny pictures. From a hate-fuelled rant about estate agents, to unpicking YouTube motivational videos, the Irish comic takes the audience through the ups and downs during a turning point in his life as a comedian, husband and man.

However, the show could do with some definite editing: often overly detailed, and containing gags which were somewhat on the obvious side, the stretches with little in the way of laughter lasted too long. The few moments of audience interaction also fell flat, as Kent struggled to think on his feet in response to shout-outs from the crowd. At times, it all felt too rehearsed and lacking spontaneity.

Despite this, his ability as an orator is undeniable. The climax of his tale, involving the arrival of baby Jack, had the captivated audience on tenterhooks. A funny man with a talent for narration, Chris Kent's latest Fringe offering is less belly-laughter stand-up, and more a pleasant, engaging and amusing story.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 28 Aug (not 15), 5.15pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

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