Demitris Deech is a charmingly funny guy, who can thoroughly bond with an audience in a short space of time. Unfortunately, his show just doesn’t have the flair and wit to make it a great performance, although there definitely were some genuinely funny and clever gags. It’s just that they were few and far between, nestled between mediocrity and general chit chat.
As a recovering hypochondriac, if there is such a thing, Deech led his audience through his meandering life story, from his woeful panic attack phase to his inspiring time as a volunteer at the Olympics. His story is a fairly interesting one and he was very much able to make the audience empathise with his problems, which is a great straight for any storyteller to have accomplished. He made his story moving and comical and was able to poke fun at his own hypochondria.
Although audience interaction is an essential part of comedy, I felt there Deech spent just a little too much time in conversation with his audience, to the point where it got boring. I would have liked him to spend more time speaking about his story – which if told in a slightly different way could have been quite inspiring.
In short, with just a few changes to the delivery of Deech’s material and less inane chat with the audience, he could have been quite a stimulating and interesting storyteller and comedian, rather than just a mediocre stand up.