Brett Goldstein @ Pleasance Courtyard
What Is Love Baby Don't Hurt Me is an engaging, if slightly incohesive show
Opening the show by acting out a nightclub scene in Ibiza is one of several moments during Brett Goldstein’s hour that are funny, but don’t quite seem to fit into the narrative.
What Is Love Baby Don't Hurt Me largely focuses on relationships, and particularly Goldstein’s personal issues within and surrounding them. The only problem is that Goldstein hasn’t seemed to figure out how to piece together his jokes cohesively, something he actually references a few times throughout – although this was an opening night preview.
However, Goldstein is a very engaging storyteller. He has clearly done his research, frequently citing books he's read on the topic of relationships and this gives the show some particular highlights – his “observational comedy” on STD clinics and a callback joke about his attraction to breast implants stand out.
Despite a few of the jokes falling a bit flat tonight, the storytelling is eternally relatable and holds your attention right until the end.
Brett Goldstein: What Is Love Baby Don't Hurt Me, Pleasance Courtyard (Beneath), 2-26 Aug (not 24), £6-12
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From The Skinny's August issue: Jack Barry, Brett Goldstein and sketch duo Norris & Parker discuss relationships, from threesomes to fornicating with the devil