To caveat this review early and strongly, the humour in ‘Masterclass’ was sometimes reliant on understanding elements of the comedy scene. While Stuart explained some of the background such as the process of booking spots at comedy nights, your familiarity with the stand-up circuit will improve your experience.
The above considered, Stuart’s show has a lot to offer stand-up comedy lovers. Set in a delightfully structured format of an expert panellist speaking at a seminar, Stuart set the tone well with the assistance of his sidekick and co-star Jake Ludowyke. The use of a lectern and projector was fitting and brought many strong laughs; that said, the staging could be improved to provide visibility for the entire audience.
After a low-energy start to the show, Stuart hit his strides with excellent material, which included providing guidance on how to make ends meet as an up and coming comedian. This segment was a particular stand-out, demonstrating the realities of his chosen career alongside some economic (if morally questionable) genius. In these moments of full force laughter, Stuart’s performance went up another level.
‘Masterclass’ was clever, silly and at times alarmingly introspective. Stuart’s critical look at his profession was both empowering and scathing. While quitting comedy has been a popular theme in some recent MICF shows, this does not appear to be Stuart’s message. Instead, ‘Masterclass’ relished in the absurdity of the stand-up comedy profession and demonstrated that despite all the hardships, there has to be a reason why comedians persevere.
So you still want to be a stand-up comedian? Check out Stuart Daulman in ‘Masterclass’ from 5 to 21 April 2019. For more information and to book tickets, click here.