Comedy review: Ivo Graham – Binoculars

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Ivo Graham – Binoculars at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Kate Copstick

Inside this hour there is a beautiful four-star show trying to get out. Ivo Graham reminds me of nothing more than a young, tall, thin Miles Jupp, and I have very little higher praise than that.

This is his first hour-long show and within it there is greatness. Graham has a huge amount of charm and once we get over the ungainly foreplay of the opening “audience chat” we are into the act itself and it is lovely.

His Vice Presidency of the Historical Board Games Society, his time as the House Catering Rep and the experience of sharing a flat with one of the rugby “lads” all make for wonderful, beautifully-constructed comedy.

Tales of his ineptitude at drinking games, his own personal “summer of love” aged 13, his adventures with Travel Scrabble and “2006 – the Year of Lost Opportunity” are woven into a bittersweet 40 minutes of delightful, literate, exquisitely-worded comedy.

Ivo now lives with his grandmother and I hope he stays there for a bit, because, with her, he has hit another rich comedy seam. Were it not for his forays into audience interaction, this hour would have been an unmitigated joy.

Until 25 August. Today 6pm

More info: Ivo Graham – Binoculars is at Pleasance Courtyard

Originally published in The Scotsman

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