REVIEW: Kai Humphries: Team Smug – 4*

REVIEW: Kai Humphries: Team Smug – 4*

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Written by Sarah Exton

After arriving 5 minutes late due to heading to the wrong venue, there was a slight fear that I would end up getting picked on for my tardiness. Swiftly entering and taking a seat as quickly as possible; instead of getting picked on, I was praised by Kai for swooning in “like a breeze” and the subtlety of my arrival. This incredibly brief interaction gave me an insight into the kind of show I was to expect from this kind, funny, cheeky Geordie comedian.

‘Team Smug’ is not like any of the hundreds of other stand-up shows at the Fringe, where a comedian uses their platform to comment on current affairs in politics, controversies in the entertainment industry, or push any sort of agenda onto the audience. Instead, Kai presents a refreshingly traditional stand-up routine consisting of classic storytelling. Telling tales of his engagement, stag-do, the male struggle in defining the right cup-size, and his dirty grandpa; every second of the show is an absolute delight.

Although there are lots of comedians that come across as genuine on stage, it’s not often that you get a sense of familiarity whilst watching someone perform – and Kai makes you feel like you’ve known him for years. ‘Team Smug’ provides gentle comedy with the odd shocking comment, like the post-sex shuffle made by his missus.

Kai reminds you of that one friend who is an incredible raconteur, due to the unexpectedly funny level of detail he’ll go into. You’d happily listen to the same story over and over, because it cracks you up every time.

If you’re getting bogged down by the many angry, outraged and bitter comedians on at the Fringe – then Kai’s show is a delightful breath of fresh air.

Catch ‘Team Smug’ at the Gilded Balloon Teviot – Sportsman, every night at 6:45pm. Grab your tickets here:

Radio Ha-Ha

August 16th, 2018

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