FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Ben Darsow – Off the Cuff (3.5 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Comedian, Ben Darsow is a likeable guy so this show is like a conversation with the audience – though this can be challenging. Ben Darsow – Off the Cuff, threads material based on banter responses and this is a challenging tightrope to walk on.

When the audience look at Darsow, they see a young man but he reassures them that he has been doing stand-up comedy for about fifteen years. This is rewarded by good moments of laughter throughout.

When US comedian Kirk Smith introduces Darsow you get the idea that this affable man has travelled to many places around the world so he is a good mind to tap into. Darsow gives a brief background into who he is – making fun of his Finance Degree and being a stand-up comic.  He tries to find out if anybody in the crowd has a job that does not match their qualification with not much luck. With his calm demeanour handling every bit of awkwardness with mild self-depreciation, yet no change to his tone, he ploughs on. He has a tone of an average Aussie that you’d have a beer with. Darsow is more intelligent than he portrays himself on the night but he even admits to having very odd off-night.

Ben Darsow – Off the Cuff gives insight to the best side of Darsow – in his conversation skills in a show that can go many ways, so if you want an unpredictable journey, go see this guy.


When: 24th January – 12th February 2017 | Times vary

Where: Elephant and Wheelbarrow | Northbridge | PERTH

Tickets: $25

Info: Duration 50 minutes | 18+ venue