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LATITUDE 2016: Luke McQueen

Venue: The Shed of Stories
Reviewer: Andy Moseley

 

Some comedians pretend to be completely unprepared, making a virtue of their lack of planning, before going on to deliver an effortless stream of humour that takes an audience with them and easily fills the time they have before their set ends. Some comedians appear completely unprepared because that’s what they are. In his appearance at the Shed of Stories, Luke McQueen is so close to the latter, it is hard to believe it can be anything other than intentional.

Initially observing that he thought he’d been booked in for the Cabaret Tent to tell a story about a shed, only to find out he was actually booked for a shed, it is easy to see where the comparisons to Johnny Vegas in his programme blurb may have come from. However, rather than build on this, and the wave of uncomfortable sympathy he creates with it, he simply runs out of steam. Leaving his usual material behind to tell stories about sheds, as he said he was going to do, would have been a good idea if only he’d done that. Instead after one good story and one not so good one, he was reliant on one person standing outside the shed, and two other people leaving, for the best material he did.

Leaving his usual material behind to tell stories about sheds, as he said he was going to do, would have been a good idea if only he’d done that. Instead after one good story and one not so good one, he is reliant on one person standing outside the shed, and two other people leaving, for the best material he does.

Whether this is the best he gets, and whether the continual pauses are intentional, as he seems to be trying to find any material he can use, is hard to say, but the end result is lacking and there is nothing to suggest that the Shed of Stories gain was the Cabaret Tent’s loss after all.

Venue: The Shed of Stories Reviewer: Andy Moseley   Some comedians pretend to be completely unprepared, making a virtue of their lack of planning, before going on to deliver an effortless stream of humour that takes an audience with them and easily fills the time they have before their set ends. Some comedians appear completely unprepared because that's what they are. In his appearance at the Shed of Stories, Luke McQueen is so close to the latter, it is hard to believe it can be anything other than intentional. Initially observing that he thought he'd been booked in for the…

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