REVIEW: Ross Smith: Crying/Shame – 3*

REVIEW: Ross Smith: Crying/Shame – 3*

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Written by Sarah Exton

Review date: 4th August 2019

In ‘Crying/Shame’, Smith tries to recall the last time he cried; honestly showing how men are affected by toxic masculinity. On the same topic, he discusses not knowing what to do when someone shows sadness; and opting to use humour as a defence mechanism.

During the Fringe, it’s incredibly difficult for smaller artists to stand out; with many getting lost in the background. I fear that this could be one of those shows. The punchlines weren’t always satisfying, despite great set ups, and sometimes the gag was too predictable. All of which was surprising, as watching Ross Smith MC at previous gigs has always been a brilliant experience; with his phenomenal crowd work and quick returns.

Smith quite rightly comments on the current trend whereby comedians play quite heavily on the sad arch to the narrative; getting emotional on stage to play on the audiences’ empathy. When in fact it’s rather disingenuous. However, Smith isn’t like those comedians, as he openly admits how he doesn’t really get emotional, and instead dedicates this hour of comedy to his grandma with genuine sincerity.

Catch Smith’s show on at Just the Tonic at The Tron, every day (except the 12th) at 1PM. Grab your tickets here:

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August 9th, 2019

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