Comedy Review: Rob Rouse, ‘The Great Escape’

27 May

Komedia, Wednesday, March 25, 2011

Rob Rouse is a man you’d happily have a pint with.

His latest show, The Great Escape – which details his family’s move from London to the Peak District – reveals he is witty, self-effacing and a born yarn-spinner.

You’d happily prop up the bar and grin as the former geography teacher recounted how his dog jumped on top of an elderly neighbour and how he and his wife suspected foul play, not friendship, when she later made them soup to welcome them to the village.

It’s all pleasant stuff, but it’s not laugh out loud funny.

His show needs more killer jokes and tight one liners to make it more of a rip-roaring comedy routine rather than a rambling and amusing conversation with a mate.

He gets close to the former with gags about how his new area is full of single, elderly women, ‘If you’re over 65 and love talc, fill your boots lads’, he quips, while his scathing attack on the TV show The Only Way Is Essex throws in some much-needed bile.

Sadly the rest of the hour-long show ambles along with predictable material about the difficulties of trying for a baby and the quirks of long-term relationships.

It’s not bad, but due to his occasional flashes of quality, you suspect he’s capable of better.

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