Ivo Graham: My Future, My Clutter

Too young to be yelling at clouds, Ivo Graham decides to talk loudly at us over the course of an hour instead. Appearing on the verge of an existential crisis, Graham’s My Future, My Clutter stream of consciousness approach proves some insight about what to expect from parenthood, adulthood and post-COVID life.

A relatively wholesome set from a man who clearly knows how to laugh at himself and life

Graham introduces us to his reality in the form of what we may call a not-so-typical experience of Zoom, and in terms of bad stories from using the platform, Graham definitely wins. There is a sustained pessimism and grimness with a touch of ridiculousness that overhangs most of Graham’s anecdotes during his show, and it is anyone’s guess if this is a side-effect from COVID or life in general. Alongside his self-deprecatory commentary on his upbringing, we are treated to an hour of comedy and relative schadenfreude, as Graham tells us implicitly what not to do, whether this is watching the film Cats or a three-hour documentary about the Eagles sober.

What Graham teaches us there are different ways of remembering the past, but it is hard to tell whether this is a side effect of being an adult or just COVID. For someone not quite fully an adult yet, the future may seem bleak, but if we are to learn from Graham, it is about the joy of the small moments that make the past worth remembering and the present worth living.

There is something endearing about Graham’s set, whether this is due to the amount of affection that is clear whenever he mentions his daughter or how he himself has found joy in vignettes of absurdity that life throws at him. A relatively wholesome set from a man who clearly knows how to laugh at himself and life, this show is definitely worth a watch.

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Bumbling wordsmith and tripe factory returns to discuss three years of heavy-duty pranking/parenting/procrastinating since Dave's 2019 nominations for Best Comedy Show and Joke of the Fringe ('I've got an Eton College advent calendar, where all the doors are opened by my father's contacts'). As seen/heard on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You, British As Folk and was the fondue-set winner on Richard Osman's House of Games. 'A hugely enjoyable hour of stand-up comedy' (Times). 'Suddenly has star-in-the-making coming off him like steam' (Telegraph).

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