There’s already an atmosphere of warmth in the aptly named Pleasance Bunker room, as an archaic wooden panelled TV presents Brennan’s animated logo upon the screen and Northern soul records generate a homely living room atmosphere. He certainly knows how to put the boy in buoyant does Brennan Reece, as he enters the room gleaming, oozing positive energy.
There’s a sharp mind at play as the Mancunian English comedian of the year is determined to prove, dipping back and forth with various audience members with rapid fire wit and there is not a line that seems wasted in Everglow, an anecdotal hour centring on the relationship with his family and the abuse he’s faced for not appearing masculine, much to the bemusement of his blokey DIY obsessed dad.
As a debut hour, Everglow makes for a strong contender for best newcomer, with a tightly structured arc full of warmth, sorrow and wit matched by a performance that bordered upon being a theatrical monologue was it not for dipping into the audience for a bit of back and forth. Yet, for what should be a great show, Reece is guilty of overwriting, the continuous need to find a gag at every opportunity dilutes himself from delivering lines and moments having a knock-out punch. It’s a great shame because it’s clearly evident the emotion Reece has poured into Everglow it deserves to be a stand-out hour but doesn’t quite reach those heights. Still, it’s likely Brennan Reece will be a name we’ll all be familiar with sooner than later.
★★★ (and a half)