Iain Stirling has acquired quite the resumé with numerous TV credits, voiceover work and even a BAFTA win under his belt. Being a new face at this year’s comedy festival, he seems genuinely surprised at how many people have come to see his opening show.
Stirling covers a range of things from the topical to the comical but mostly the show is about himself. This may sound a bit conceited and self-indulgent but it is anything but; he is incredibly easy to listen to – you can’t help but be instantly drawn to his charismatic personality and jovial disposition.
Over the course of the hour, Stirling’s upbeat and entertaining commentary about things like the costly house prices in the UK, society’s obsession with emojis and his humorous definition of the ‘proper English tourist experience’ are brilliantly crafted, revealing his sharp wit and self-deprecating humor. Even when the vibe gets a bit awkward due to a particularly inebriated audience member he takes it in his stride, never once losing control of the room.
The more personal stuff from Stirling also provide solid comedic value and were clear crowd pleasers. One particular highlight was a mortifying incident to do with his humble mezzanine apartment in London which broke down any allusions of grandeur he may have had in relation to his relative fame.
The Best of Iain Stirling is a wonderfully brash, unashamedly narcissistic and consistently funny hour of witty repartee. Stirling’s amiable charm make for an easily enjoyable experience that is the ideal late night comedy treat.
Iain Stirling will be performing at The Classic from 4th-6th May. For more details and to book tickets, click here. He can also be seen performing as part of an ensemble lineup in The Big Show and Comedy All Stars.