Mark Smith: Old Smudge (Berk’s Nest / PBH’s Free Fringe)
By Rosie Barrett | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016
Performing to a packed-out audience, there’s something incredibly endearing about Mark Smith, as he leaves the stage before his set to find a chair for a man standing up; “If there are any reviewers in, that’s got to be two stars already.” There’s nothing ground-breaking about Smith’s routine – his style is conventional, observational comedy. He bemoans the awkwardness of small talk and pokes fun at everyone from estate agents to A-list celebrities, but he has an instinctive talent for delivering a joke. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but it is done so well you won’t mind; why be innovative when you’ve mastered the classic? For simple, good quality stand-up, you can’t go wrong with ‘Old Smudge’.
Cowgatehead, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 [Rosie Barrett]