Matt Kirshen – Shorter Than Napoleon

***
3 stars

Matt Kirshen’s show is not just about height, he assures us.  In fact, it seems to be very little about height and more to do with just about anything else – childhood, the BNP, the G20 riots and a night in Bordeaux that went a little awry.  There’s very little to do with Napoleon at all, rather Kirshen is keen to prove that the idea that short people are overconfident is a myth.  Something which he does using examples from his own life.

There’s no denying that this is a pleasant little show, but the laughs are giggles and chuckles rather than the belly laughs I was seeking.  Kirshen is certainly an able performer and seems to run on a nervous energy that makes him quite likeable.  However, he seems to stumble on occasion and fluffs a couple of lines which see him lose pace.

The show is not without its peaks, and there’s definitely enough here to keep you entertained for an hour.  Nevertheless Kirshen proves his point about his own under-confidence, and it is this which seems to hold the show back.  Still, it’s still early doors and I hope he can push the show to the heights it could reach.

Di

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