Motion Sickness tells the story of a well-educated and somewhat privileged, Ivo Graham, reluctantly accepting the typical but monumental responsibilities of adult life.
There is a lack of structure to the narrative but this mirrors the chaotic year he has had which is where his content is mainly derived. His engagement to a woman eight years older has been the catalyst for the comedian to start getting more serious about life in general and it is their prospering relationship that is forcing him to act. Material of decent substance is pretty limited but the linguistic talents of Graham are impressive enough to keep an audience engaged. Graham’s wordplay is without a doubt his strongest skill and with it, he can take the most average of tales to another level. However, the exceptional speed of his delivery combined with his dry style was a downfall at times. The Devil is certainly in the detail where Ivo Graham is concerned.
Despite the self-deprecation throughout, Motion Sickness does evidence the growth within Graham as he spoke of present and future developments. An example is that he now attends therapy and although his perspective is that these sessions have had no benefit, this is a sign of our young man facing troubling issues head-on to move forward.
If it’s comedy which is slightly highbrow mixed with self-deprecating humour concerning somewhat first world problems that appeals, then Ivo Graham may be one to consider. As a rising star and with his popularity blossoming, it would be logical to expect more from the hour. A couple of comedic references could be considered tasteless and a little immature, other gags are spot on so it may depend on the topic that influences the approach. Motion Sickness is entertaining but it’s fair to believe we will see better from the Eton alumnus in the future.