Luke Benson - Backseat Hero

Hilarious and original, Luke Benson presents a highly polished routine complete with sound effects and little dances. A Geordie comedian of the first order, he is also extremely funny. Fast-paced patter eased us in, covering an array of topics as a prelude the main feature: the story of how he was stalked by a taxi driver.

Despite his 'giant' height of 6 foot 7, Benson is so youthful and endearing that on the first impression he seemed a bit vulnerable on stage. This illusion quickly disappeared as he is obviously a confident and experienced comic, quick as a whippet with razor-sharp intelligence, delivering punch lines with fantastic physicality.

Benson draws the audience into his tale with engaging detail and comic observations. Puns and word-play galore, jokes frequently appeal to everyone's inner-geek. His unusual and imaginative act is refreshing, unlike any other stand-up show, and pleasantly entertaining.

Meandering between scathing and kind, Benson masters the art of being self-assured but not arrogant. With oodles of wit and charisma, he kept the audience chuckling all the way through. Not once does he feel the need to resort to crude offensiveness or insulting the audience. Likeable and reassuringly normal, attending his gig felt like hanging out with a mate - a very tall mate who has an exceptional gift for storytelling. He's just a good guy with a great sense of humour.

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The Blurb

Two-time Comedian of the Year nominee's much anticipated debut show. Ever been stalked? The Geordie Giant brings you a joke-filled hour about petty acts of heroism 'He looks the part, he's got the talent' (Sunday Times).

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