Stuart Goldsmith: Extra Life

Many consider Stuart Goldsmith’s career as a comic to be “living the dream.” While he admits it has its perks, there are also some hurdles and setbacks - particularly if you realise you want to have a child.

Extra Life bears all the hallmarks of what brilliant stand up should be. It is highly enjoyable, wonderfully heartwarming and just a delightful hour of feel-good comedy.

Extra Life is the unconventional story of a man who finds himself becoming broody. Goldsmith takes the audience on a journey through what it feels like to have a biological clock as a man and what he has been doing to prepare himself for his impending fatherhood.

Along the way he also shares some entertaining anecdotes about everyday routine things as well as amusing observations he has picked up in his own life. These stories get appreciative laughs and strike a chord perfectly with the crowd as they are all things we can easily relate to. I particularly enjoyed his hilarious encounter with an irate checkout lady at the supermarket which consequently led him to come up with a proposed new system to accommodate grazers.

Goldsmith is an engaging raconteur whose warm and affable demeanour make him extremely easy to listen to. He bounces from story to story seamlessly and also uses elaborate metaphors and clever wordplay to great comedic effect. Even when he goes off-script his subsequent move to analyze and be critical of his own material is incredibly endearing.

Extra Life bears all the hallmarks of what brilliant stand up should be. It is highly enjoyable, wonderfully heartwarming and just a delightful hour of feel-good comedy. 

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The Blurb

This ‘charming, expert stand-up’ (Sunday Times) has been happily squandering his life in an orgy of stand-up and self-indulgence, but now the parenting bomb is ticking down; if he wants to be looked after when he's old, he'd better get spawning. Stu's journey from whistling at girls to cooing at babies is candid, smart and painfully funny, but who'd swap an orgy of self-indulgence to be a crumpled husk? Triple Chortle Award Nominee. Malcolm Hardee Award Winner. ‘Wonderfully funny’ (Time Out) ‘Not one single dull moment’ (Scotsman).

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