Matty demonstrated good mic technique and focused on shorter jokes rather than long narratives, some of which hit some sensitive notes. These particular jokes did not break new ground and were not told with nuance, so lost they their impact. For the most part, Matty was able to draw laughs out of some interesting observations about himself and his experiences.
Performing to quite a small but supportive crowd on a Monday night, Matty did well to bring energy and showed good signs early. However, as the set progressed he became too focused on commenting on the venue and the lack of audience members, which negatively impacted the flow of his set.
This performance of ‘A Blunt Instrument’ is unlikely to be replicated exactly again (especially the latecomers who arrived mid show). Matty will likely rebound, continue to bring the required energy to his shows and execute his planned material with more fluidity.
Check out Matty B in ‘A Blunt Instrument’ from 12 to 23 April. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
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