Ivo Graham: Motion Sickness

It is often difficult to conjure up enough words of praise for a near faultless performance but Ivo Graham’s was just that. The delivery was honest and hilarious, he dealt well with jibes from the crowd and his endearing charm lingered, despite the occasional hoot at his own jokes.

A near faultless performance

His disclosure as being an Etonian alumni didn’t come as much of a surprise, given the accent and scruffy chinos but rather than lapsing into the territory of the “posh toff” his antics surpassed the revelation of his privileged class.

The show was an unusual set up in that the entire first half was a more of an introduction than a delivery of his material. Although, I suspect he weaved some premeditated wit in amongst the exchange of taunts with an audience member who he was picking on for apparently attending a previous show. The coincidence did seem a bit contrived at first but if legitimate, he is surely a master of improvisation, either way, it was entertaining nonetheless.

Picking up in the second half, he laid bare his insecurities about marriage and children, losing his virginity and the formal relationship with his standoffish father. His relatable experiences of a millennial entering his late twenties, particularly through the retelling of a day out at Go Ape were light hearted but spot on in their observations.

Bumbling through the responsibilities of owning a flat, being newly engaged and his impending fatherhood in a way that is typically British in its self-depreciation but somehow boastful by way of his miraculously achieving it gave a hopeful outlook to the motion sickness of being thrust into the future of a life that turns out just to belong to your average guy was applauded by all and greatly enjoyable as a comedy show at the Komedia on a Sunday night.

Reviews by Bethan Troakes

Komedia Theatre

The Maydays: Confessions!

★★★★
Sweet Werks 2, 15-17 Middle Street

Call of Cthulhu: A Cold Case

★★
The Old Market

SHIFT

★★★★
Brighton Spiegeltent

Railed

★★★
The Warren: The Blockhouse

Showmanship

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

A feisty new show about facing the future, named after Ivo’s fourth favourite Hot Chip song (and a beaut by Phoebe Bridgers). As seen/heard on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Live From The BBC, Jon Richardson’s Ultimate Worrier, Fighting Talk, The Now Show, It’s Not What You Know, and eating Subway sandwiches in petrol stations.

Most Popular See More

SIX

From £29.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Only Fools and Horses - The Musical

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Hairspray

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Pretty Woman: The Musical

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

From £13.00

More Info

Find Tickets