Ross Smith is a high-status MC. Every comedian who started out at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell (all of them) will be familiar with his dry comic demeanour.
It was nice in this hour to see Ross be more vulnerable. Here’s the thing. Most shows I’ve seen thus far at the Fringe have tackled the important (and taboo) subject of mental health. I don’t think this is a bad thing – especially at this time of year for those in comedy. Ross is no exception here, and he brings lots of new ideas, and more importantly, jokes to the table.
My favourite take was his on using laughter as defence when sadness creeps in. It was hugely relatable and I’m sure many at the Fringe this year would benefit from hearing it.
Ross is also very self-aware, proven by his observational jokes on the overuse of melancholic narrative arcs to build tension in comedy. The irony here comes in his utilisation of this trope in the same show, though I think we can forgive him in his cognisance.
A nice hour in the company of an assured comedian.