Stuart Goldsmith

Stuart Goldsmith: Like I Mean It

10/08/17

Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

The poet Cyril Connolly once famously wrote, ‘There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.’ But for some artists – especially comedians – it turns out that pram (or rather its occupant) can be the central premise of a very amusing routine. Take Stuart Goldsmith, for instance. The standup comic and host of the popular podcast, The Comedian’s Comedian, has fairly recently become a father and his baby (and some of the mysterious ailments suffered by her mother) provide Goldsmith with a whole raft of quips and observations.

He’s on good form at the Liquid Rooms (one of the Free Fringe venues), but you’ll need to get there early if you want a seat, because he’s popular and the place gets rammed. Also, don’t forget to take some cash along with you, because it’s considered very bad form indeed to attend without throwing some cash (preferably of the paper variety) into the bucket as you leave. Comedians need to eat – and feed their families – you know.

Goldsmith does a great line in self deprecation and this year, as he’s decided to record his routine at each session, he milks a lot of extra laughs from his wry asides to the recording device, commenting on which jokes went well and which ones clearly sailed over the heads of the audience.

Goldsmith has a very likable persona and a relaxed way with an audience that always makes his sets enjoyable. He was very good last year – and this show is even better.

4.2 stars

Philip Caveney

Stuart Goldsmith: Compared To What?

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13/06/16

Liquid Rooms Annexe, Edinburgh

We’re familiar with Stuart Goldsmith’s name mostly through his Comedian’s Comedian podcasts, where he interrogates a whole host of comics at every level of their game, something he’s clearly very good at. But the inevitable question is, does he cut it as a stand-up himself?

Well, on this showing, yes, very much so. He’s appearing on the Free Fringe at the Liquid Room Annexe and it’s a good job we arrive early because by the time the lengthy queue has shuffled inside, it’s standing room only. Goldsmith has a lively and attractive personality and he’s written some excellent gags for this show. The content is broadly observational, much of it centring on his new role as a parent. In his worldview, having a child is pretty much synonymous with the end of any enjoyment in life and I can’t help hoping he’s exaggerating for comic effect. There are some terrific one-liners. ‘We’ve lost some great rock items this year. Lemmy, Prince, David Bowie. Sting… hopefully.’ He also bangs on about having to leave London and move to ‘the country,’ as though there’s no such thing as life outside the capital. We beg to differ!

There are plenty of laughs to be had here and, as is customary at all gigs on the ‘free fringe,’ you pay what you think the show is worth. Our ultimate verdict? Worth queuing for.

4 stars

Philip Caveney