That Stuart Goldsmith’s show is packed to the rafters is a testament to the quality of his comedy. With every seat occupied, many people – shunning defeat – opt to stand around the perimeter of the room, desperate to catch this comedian in action. Goldsmith is, apparently, unmissable.
Thrillingly, he proves himself worthy of a chock-a-block room. Goldsmith’s ad-libbing about the nature of the venue demonstrates sharp comedic observation and earns him wild laughter right from the get-go.
The jokes are light-hearted and playful throughout the set, with Goldsmith looking towards fatherhood and his marriage for material. He brings an infectious enthusiasm, and seems completely at ease up on the stage. His branch of spirited humour clearly appeals to the crowd: one particularly hilarious gag about French cuisine prompts an eruption of whoops and cheers from every row.
There’s a sprinkling of political quips, but Goldsmith’s comedy stays largely focussed on his domestic life. His witticisms about being a dad and attempting to follow his dream are insightful and, most importantly, incredibly funny.
Towards the end of the set, Goldsmith speaks with refreshing honesty about the effort involved in trying to make it in the world of comedy – and it’s clear from his energetic, sharp-witted show that he’s working hard. You won’t want to miss this one.
Words: Morgan Laing
Stuart Goldsmith: Like I Mean It, Liquid Rooms, Aug 12-27, 3.45pm