Edd Hedges: Wonderland (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Edd Hedges: Wonderland

A genuine if overly packed hour of crafted storytelling stand-up

Edd Hedges is a feckless, inoffensive, young, white male comedian. You know the type. He recounts tales of his lack of success with jobs, love and life in general in an effort to make his particularly typical existence sound different. You can't fault his craftsmanship, though, as he weaves his comical misfortunes into a cohesive narrative, hopping backwards and forwards between childhood and one fateful night.

Despite his 23 years, he has plenty to tell and, as small references to big events begin to build, he blasts through several Fringes-worth of material that a more thrifty comedian may ration. But as generous as he is with his material, Hedges offers something more special: genuineness.

What first appears to be competent yet familiar stand-up reveals itself to be a nuanced and captivating piece of storytelling with Hedges drawing upon some uncomfortable subjects to create an enthralling narrative that elicits a huge emotional response from the audience. Some flubbed deliveries mar some of the jokes and it takes a little while for Hedges to set up the story but, trust us, it's worth it. The show, and the man himself, offer more than meets the eye.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug (not 14), 4pm, £8–£9.50 (£7–£8.50).

Edd Hedges: Wonderland

The award-winning stand-up offers witty anecdotes about a drama that occurred when he visited his parents quiet Home Counties village.