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ED FRINGE REVIEW Lloyd Griffith, in:Undated

★ ★ ★ ★

This year, Lloyd Griffith is back at the Fringe with his fourth show, in:Undated.

Having recently been named the new co-host of Sky's Soccer AM, it's no wonder that Lloyd has been playing to sellout audiences.

This year was my first experience of watching Lloyd live, but it certainly won't be my last.

Recapping your previous Fringe show at the start of your new one is an unusual way to start a show, but for Lloyd Griffith it absolutely works, and makes sense.

Having split up with his girlfriend two months before last year's Fringe, his show Lloyd Griffith Is A Keeper had to be changed. But he wasn't ready to talk about her - or "Suzy for legal reasons" as she's now known.

But a year has passed and Lloyd is now ready to talk about her, and if only for selfish reasons, I'm glad he is because it makes for brilliant material for a comedy show.

She was a dating columnist, he was someone she once interviewed. It's a classic tale of boy meets girl, girl meets boy, then another boy and so on... Obviously we only get to hear one side of the story but if the show deserved a hashtag it would definitely be #TeamLloyd.

One of Lloyd's strengths is getting the audience on side early on. He's straight in there with the audience interaction, making people feel comfortable from the start.

He's not just asking people "Where are you from?" - instead he uses the audience to enhance his story. Even when heckled by someone shouting "Bullshit!", Lloyd took it like a pro and kept referring to this idiot throughout the hour.

Another of Lloyd's strengths is telling a joke properly. An obvious thing for a comedian right? Wrong. Not every comedian can make a joke land the way that Lloyd does. When you think he's reached the punchline he'll come back with a second punchline that keeps you laughing for even longer.

This proves is that Lloyd is great at his craft. He knows how to write an hour of comedy that's consistently funny, well-structured and well-delivered.

I know he's got the Soccer AM gig, but I'd love to see a lot more of Lloyd on television over the next twelve months. He really has the potential to have an incredible career. And having already supported Rob Beckett and Jack Whitehall, there's no reason why he won't.

Lloyd Griffith: in:Undated runs until Sunday 27th August (No show Friday 25th August) at 7pm at the Pleasance Dome


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