This was my first review in Edinburgh and to be honest at the time I was a little annoyed. I never like any review the first time I read it but this one has grown on me, if for no other reason then reading it feels like a GCSE English test. I will get to the words in a moment, first the reviewer. You may have noticed in previous reviews I've not mentioned the person just the publication and that's because I don't wish to make it personal but I have to touch on this one. My show only had about ten people in because 'Insert Edinburgh excuse here'. A friend who was in said to me after the show ‘That bloke on the second row was annoying’ that was our reviewer.
I'm a great believer that reviewers should blend in and be like David Attenborough, studying not disturbing. At one point during the show my reviewer rolled a cigarette (so im told), Never did I see a lion trying to bring down an antelope only to be slightly put off by Attenborough leaning up against a tree rolling a fat one (Maybe the BBC edit those bits) I also never saw David noisily putting his coat on rather than watching the last kill of the day but hey ho, maybe he had another show to rush to.
Lets us get on with the review.
Watching Luke Graves at work is rather akin to listening to one of the Icelandic Sagas of old, Egil’s Saga perhaps, when the life-long adventures of an epic hero are recited in a cheiftain’s hall. On this occasion we found ourselves instead in a modern-day luxurious hotel, & of course our bard has a microphone in hand as he delves into his own life to give us Luke’s annual account of his adventures.
What is an Icelandic saga? I had no idea, very rarely do you have to start Googling things during the review.
In 2016 we are witness to his recent engagement to Lauren – next year, he tells us, will be the wedding chapter of his saga, followed by the baby year & in 2019 his dressing up as Superman for parental rights.
Spoiler Alert - That is one of the shows jokes it should not be in the review (he has put the joke in his own words).
Fact Alert - Lauren was happy by being name checked.
Luke oozes a peace-cruising demeanour as he delivers his material in a cute & poignant manner. His audience is very much with him, an intimate connection that finds many comedians’ egos difficult to circumvent. But the cheeky chappie in Luke is only a witty aside away as he thinks on his feet throughout his laid-back, friendly show. Perhaps Luke is a little too laid-back at times, but I guess he’s just a nice fella & that’s his way. He’s a bit like a wolf-pup – adorable with the occasional risque snarl. Indeed, just as one stares inanely at a lovely puppy, so I found myself at times simply gazing at Luke as he sported through his perfectly formed set.
I did not realise that i ‘sported’ anything but i like it. I think this is one of the most creative reviews i've read, which gives me some nice quotes to use but it also makes me feel a bit dim.
So… I guess its a matter of how does one like one’s comedy. ‘I’m really cool with any of this,’ said one of the audience tonight, & I have to agree. Its good to see a comedian with a genuine smile & if its at a nice, steady pace when you feel fluffy & ready for humour, then Luke is definitely your guy.
...and their you go, i’m not sure i have much to add. It seems a nice review and i don’t know if its the performer in me but it does not feel like he enjoyed it. Over all it felt to me like a man that had to be there, had to write something but best £35 for advertising I ever spent.