Sam has natural theatrical talent, demonstrating a dramatic flair throughout his performance. His stand-up is tailored to a mix of stories and comedic runs, where jokes overlay one another, to the point the audience is laughing without realising punch lines are being executed.
As a preview, the show was great when it had direction and got to the point but overall it felt loose and a little underprepared. Even in a 50-minute show, time is precious so it’s important to have a purpose to each section or story. Sam also felt a bit too self-deprecating at times, appearing to not find the right balance between the laughs and the groans.
While I tend to avoid shows that focus on tales of drinking excessively, ‘Never Have I Ever’ did not labour the point and focussed more on Sam as a character than glorifying alcohol poisoning. Sam opened up the show well with good banter in front of a friendly audience. He has a charm that is not aggressive and suited the tone of his show.
‘Never Have I Ever’ has some great moments and I hope in the coming shows, Sam will streamline it and lose the fluff, to pull together a clean and focused set.
Check out Sam Garlep in ‘Never Have I Ever’ from 12 to 21 April. For more information and to book tickets, click here.