‘Romance Novel’ is more of a character-based performance than it is stand-up. Miles takes on the role of a shy, slightly nervous character who has written a romance novel and wants to share its ups and downs. In the early stages of the performance, he exuded the vibe of Paul Foot, with a controlled awkwardness that brought lots of laughs. Miles used his nervous charm well to warm up the crowd and get the night going.
While the writing of Miles’ novel has humorous elements, the most laughs were drawn from his comedic disposition and discussion about the text. In the early stages of the performance, these quips and anecdotes were unexpected and entertaining. However, as the show progressed, these moments began to feel stale as the joke waned.
The focus of the ‘Romance Novel’ meant Miles spent a significant amount of time with his head in a book. The problem being, Miles is at his best when he puts the novel down. Throughout the show he demonstrated a good ability to hold a character and bring lots of laughs through his engagement with the audience. The writing of the show also demonstrated that Miles has a penchant for observational comedy, through sharp commentary on corporate life.
‘Romance Novel’ has a clever premise but needs refinement in its execution, particularly to provide more of an opportunity to highlight Miles’ talents as a performer.
Check out Miles Munn in a ‘Romance Novel’ from 4 to 8 April 2018. For more information and to book tickets, click here.