After catching Gerard in a split-show at the 2017 MICF, it was great to see his growth in confidence and to hear some of the smaller anecdotes from his previous show told as part of a larger set. Gerard tells a decent joke and can get good laughs from an audience.
‘Only Getting Funnier’ is hyperaware of classic comedy tropes. The tongue-in-cheek nods to the stand-up comedy professional are entertaining but lose their efficacy after repeated use. The contradictory nature of his show appears intentional; it brings laughs but it also forces the audience to over think the comedy.
While the stories of being a comedian aren’t relatable to the majority of audiences, his commentary on dating, work and regret resonated well. He did well to attempt to connect with the audience regularly, though moments of excessive swearing appeared to undo his good work.
Gerard treads the line of comedy gold and targeted lulls. In ‘Only Getting Funnier’, Gerard demonstrated he has the comedic intelligence to pull off big laughs but this erratic show lacked meaningful punch.
Check out Gerard McGowan in ‘Only Getting Funnier’ from 7 to 22 April. For more information and to book tickets, click here.