Veteran comic Matt Green returns to the Camden Fringe with his new show Look Up. A fairly ambiguous blurb gives Green ample room to take the show off in various directions – Covid (of course), dating and relationships, life as a comic, travel, mental health, politics and social media. Before him even referencing that he’s been called a “shit Mr Bean” in the past I noticed the resemblance especially in the fantastic faces he pulls, and I would describe him not as a “shit Mr Bean”, just a very chatty one.
Green is the definition of a charming comic.
Green is the definition of a charming comic. The topics he covers so ubiquitous it's impossible to not find something for you in the show, staying topical without being preachy. I could take a little less Covid hot takes, we all know the government is crap and I think we’re all tired of hearing about it but it doesn’t get too down in the mud about it, and Green doesn’t linger too long on the topics. There was excellent audience patter; Green was blessed that evening was some particularly chatty and humorous front-row guests.
While its light on those “can’t breathe I’m laughing so hard” moments, it’s excellently structured – a testament to Green’s years on the job – and there is a lot to be said for a well-paced hour of chortling with someone as likeable and affable as Green. The sell upon opening the show is that this routine has been devised to lift our spirits, to encourage us to ‘look up’ after a shitty year plus. We certainly left with a big smile on our faces.