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Emerald Theatre, Greenside @ Nicolson Square

Bob's Not My Uncle and Other Devastating Truths
2.0Reviewer's Rating

Mark Ritchie is a boundlessly energetic comedian who combines anecdotal humour with his passion for the church.

His set is constructed around four realisations that in his view apply to each of our lives: ‘we fail’, ‘not everyone will always like us’, ‘we can’t make it on our own’ and ‘cheap curry is cheap for a reason’. He illustrates these through a series of amusing personal stories, with the aim that these ‘truths’ will make audience members ‘see things a little differently’.

While he is an engaging performer and passionate storyteller, his manner occasionally comes across as a little patronising. This is not helped by some of the jokes – for example one about a girl beating him in a fight at school – that are both overcooked and outdated. His title is excellent, but the material does not quite match its tongue-in-cheek humour – his truths, aside from the final one, are neither literally nor ironically devastating.

Ritchie tells a good story and seems very well-meaning, but his occasionally condescending tone misses the mark of consistently effective comedy.

  • Comedy
  • By Mark Ritchie
  • Emerald Theatre, Greenside @ Nicolson Square
  • Until 17th August 2018
  • Time: 22:00

About The Author

Editor & Reviewer (UK)

Originally from Oxford, Agnes currently lives in London studying English at UCL. She performs with the university’s drama society and sketch group and is always scouting for theatre with a good plot, a funny joke or a strong political hook.

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