Review: Rob Auton 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Comedy

Rob Auton

Assembly George Square Studios 14.50

Aug 22 – 26

🌟🌟🌟🌟 (Four Star)

At one point in The Time Show, Rob Auton recounts how one negative review of his previous work described him as evoking the same energy as a nervous child in a school play.Β  Auton describes how he sees this as a compliment, wanting to approach everything in life with the same naivety as a young child. In his latest show Auton turns this wide-eyed gaze on time, deconstructing and challenging the concept in a show that is at once thought-provoking and also deeply enjoyable.

It is his innocence that gives Auton his appeal.Β  At one point he wonders aloud why we aren’t as amazed by our own hands as we are by a baby’s, exclaiming how we should always be in a constant state of astonishment at the world around us.Β  Auton’s wonder proves infectious, his childlike sincerity drawing the audience into a show that questions the basic fundamental structures that underpin human society.

The show also has an emotional weight to it, Auton, in one particularly poetic segment, comparing moments in his life to little pockets of air in a roll of bubble wrap. This doesn’t get in the way of the comedy, however, as Auton intersperses these moments of poignancy with absurd humour and undercuts the more sentimental bits of his show to keep the audience β€˜on side’.Β  For example, Auton articulates the cliched take-home message of how we should all strive to β€˜live in the moment’ by making the audience close their eyes and eat flapjacks. Throughout The Time Show Auton effectively balances the profound with the silly, utilising the medium of stand-up to question what it means to be alive and human.

William Shaw