Aaron Twitchen: Deadlines and Diets

Aaron Twitchen’s bright smile lights up the pub throughout Deadlines and Diets. His show, he tells us, is for the ‘Traceys of this world – those who work nine ‘til five and live for the weekend.’ Twitchen takes us through his grumbles about the modern dating scene, and cheerfully moans about that friend who is always one step ahead of him (aka ‘two-shits Liz’). Much of his set also revolves around The Blind Poet pub, and Twitchen has a love-hate relationship with the trials and tribulations that come with his venue. He is a flexible improviser, in tune with the spirit of live comedy. Unfortunately his observational humour is frequently rather pedestrian, although sharper moments give much to commend.

Twitchen is an assured stand-up and navigates both his material and his venue with style.

A large chunk of the beginning is dedicated to admin and audience interaction. Twitchen is quick to react to any comments from the audience, and he needs to be. His performance space is prone to interruptions from the noises of other shows, as well as walkers-by entering midway through in search of a pint. This means that punchlines are in danger of losing their punch, and Twitchen manages to smoothly incorporate this unpredictability into his material, breaking off on constant tangents to comment on whatever is going on around him. This decision not to ignore outside action largely works in his favour.

The majority of his set is a collection of musings on his marrying friends, his dating history, and his crush on Duncan from Blue. He reads from a diary in a strange American accent. This recurs throughout, although the anecdotes there contained lack especial interest or humour. Twitchen is more successful at identifying social trends, such as the ‘winter boyfriend’ and the phenomenon of ‘ghosting’ (when a love interest or partner just suddenly stops replying to your messages). A few explicit details of a sexual nature also make their way into the set, used more for shock factor than anything else.

Twitchen is an assured stand-up and navigates both his material and his venue with style. The self-deprecating tone is endearing but sometimes undermines the confidence in his material, and his cynical view on relationships feels a little downbeat. Nevertheless, Twitchen provides an amusing hour and it’s worth staying put if you find yourself in The Blind Poet.

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The Blurb

Comedy show about friendship, love and wine. 'Dear diary... The world has changed. You can't just run around in a tank top not caring anymore. Apparently. I need to write a show about life when everyone else seems to do just that teensy little bit better than you. Everyone's marrying, while I stress about the double tick on WhatsApp. Instead of getting down about it, let’s just dance around in our underwear singing Taylor Swift in the shower'. Love, Aaron (aged 26 and 7/4). ‘Positive, fun, feel-good... Best free Fringe show I've seen’ (ScotsGay).