Before we start can I just thank people for their messages. Let me assure you that I would be in the wrong line of work if I worried about what people write about me. I reviewed 'The List' and 'Fringe Biscuit' first because neither of them were proper reviews but these last few have at least reviewed the show, which is nice.
I'm working on my next project and I had to look through the reviews for usable quotes and I've found loads, although I still will try and use more from audience members if I can.
But before future stuff let us live in the past this is my Chortle review. For those who don't know this is the main comedy website, I knew before they came that they would not be too keen, although I did secretly hope I could win them over. The biggest shame about this review is how it opens and closes.
Read the original 'review' without my interruptions by clicking on this sentence
In black is Chortles review word for word. In red my comments
Luke Graves makes makes much of the fact that he offers a money-back guarantee if you don’t enjoy his show – an arrangement that’s simply a far more bureaucratically cumbersome version of everything on the free festival.
What a terrible opening. I ‘make much of the fact’ of it because it’s a marketing tool, it seems a little silly to keep it a secret. Also what a shame Chortle misunderstand the Edinburgh festival, ‘far more bureaucratically cumbersome version of free festival’. I invested in a professional venue and my audience paid up to £8 for a ticket on the understanding if they didn’t enjoy the show they can get their money back. This is not the same as being able to walk into a free show and choose if you want to donate. Although I understand how someone could relate the two, they are very different.
It’s a fair bet that no one will every ask for that refund, for he is indeed immensely likeable – and also rather bland. How can you possibly dislike anything so tame and well-intentioned?
Likeable is what i'm going for :) Bland less so but I have to agree in the sense I'm not exactly putting the world to rights. I was told by someone this year ‘Your show is like having a conversation with your best friend, if your best friend is really funny’.
Living Luke is the state-of-his-life show. He’s about to get married, so tells us about the proposal and the wedding arrangements, then ponders whether he should have kids, whom he says he dislikes, but without expressing real conviction. That’s pretty much the depth of it: throw in some stories about online dating, vegetarianism or Fathers 4 Justice for padding and job’s an good ‘un
‘State-of-his-life show’ I like that, that is now added to the description of my show. I don’t express any real conviction about disliking kids because I don’t have any, which is why I end up talking about my love for my hamster and that I will have children. That said that has come up a couple of times so maybe im not expressing myself properly.
FACT ALERT - I have no stories about Fathers 4 Justice. (one punchline not a story make)
There are some nice anecdotes about the stag do in Ayia Napa, thanks mainly to his mate with the missing toe, having some fun with his mildest of disabilities. But ‘nice’ is about the most enthusiastic adjective you would attach to Graves.
FACT ALERT - The Stag do is not in Ayia Napa.
Stop one moment. This same reviewer once said of me...
"there was no lack of jokes, as he proves himself a more-than useful writer. Although his nine-toed mate probably deserves a co-writing credit, since many of the best lines come attributed to him."
I need to point out something, I don’t have a friend with a missing toe, in fact I don’t even have a friend that got married in Ayia Napa. It is all made up, I make stuff up.
Any way where was I...
He comes across as one of the good guys: affable, cheery and easy communicator who engages in charming and welcoming to-and-fro with the audience, teasing every so gently. A career in local BBC radio might suit him.
If anyone from local BBC radio is reading, yes I would (I have a wedding to pay for)
The central story is about him birthing a lamb, ending on a gentle pun, and again showing what a nice bloke he is. The hour is so effortlessly genial, but as mild as unflavoured yoghurt. Raised by a single parent he notes: ‘My dad was a superhero - the invisible man’; or he tells of a type of bee where the male dies after sex. ‘A lot of ladies think that’s a good idea!’ That’s about as hard-hitting as he gets.
FACT ALERT - I was not raised by a single parent.
SPOILER ALERT - 'Invisible man' is one of my jokes (Reviewers should not print jokes)
This I don't understand 'about him birthing a lamb, ending on a gentle pun'. The gentle pun is a throw away line in the middle of the routine and I joke about it being a bit shit. So has this reviewer mis-remembered or have they decided to make it sound like I wrote a whole routine with a crap pun at the end because they want to put a negative spin on it?
Incidentally, I was also intrigued by the quote on his poster, blown up into an on-stage banner: ‘A brilliant young comic bursting with potential,’ said Arthur Smith. Young? He’s in his 30s. This couldn’t be the way Smith brought him on stage for the Hackney Empire New Act final in 2010 could it? Most ancient and disingenuous marketing if so…
I love this. This reviewer really cares about marketing. Where do I start.
FACT ALERT - Arthur Smith couldn't pick me out of a line up of just me, but he did say that he enjoyed my set once and I asked for a quote.
Quotes I may use next year from this review...
“Immensely likeable” - Chortle
“Charming and welcoming” - Chortle
“Hard-hitting” - Chortle
“‘A brilliant young comic bursting with potential,’” - Chortle