Loveridge is shameless, without the sense that he is playing the shock factor for laughs.
His stories come from his own life, primarily from his childhood and time at university, and he is not afraid to share his most embarrassing experiences for the sake of a laugh. Throughout, there is an endearing undercurrent of affection – for his family, his friends, his girlfriend. This is a man who loves people, delights in their oddities and idiosyncrasies and wants to share this delight.
Loveridge’s timing is exceptional; he knows exactly where in a joke to place the punchline. He often sets up the expectation that he will take the easy route out of a joke, then subverts this expectation to excellent effect. His delivery is charming and affable, and I have rarely seen a comedian so adept at using silence to draw laughs from his crowd.
This undoubtedly the best free show that I have seen at the Fringe. It also drew more laughs than many of the paid shows which I have attended. Loveridge is shameless, without the sense that he is playing the shock factor for laughs. He is sentimental without being mawkish. In all, he is well worth your time.