Ross Brierley: Accumulator

Ross Brierley is just as wide eyed and energetic as ever, despite having toned things down a notch since starting a show without his frequent collaborator Joshua Sadler (of ‘The Not So Late Show’).

The show chronicles Brierley’s occupation as a professional gambler and the successes and failures that lifestyle holds. Structurally it’s a bit all over the place, never seeming to lead anywhere and lacks any real feeling of depth. However Brierley’s stage presence more than makes up for this, oozing with personality and confidence throughout the performance.

Ross really shines when this confidence is pointed straight at the audience in elongated improvised interactions that highlight both his sharp wit and charm. It’s sometimes hard to believe sections aren’t prepared earlier considering how quickly he can spew out a story based on the tiniest titbit of information from a member of the audience.

There’s also something impressive in the way he can entirely capture the rooms attention while minutes pass without a single laugh, the audience seemingly trusting that everything is building to a satisfying pay off.

Despite prior criticisms of structure, the show does make a nice habit of throwing curveballs at the audience, often turning into the hours most surreal and humorous segments. However this is done at the expense of the overall flow of the show, making these individual moments stand out but making the main meat of the show feel less significant. This is a small complaint and doesn’t do justice to what is overall a very enjoyable experience. It is simply a case that it is enjoyable not because of the content itself but because of Ross Brierley.

★★★ (and a half)

Louis Boyd-Madsen

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