Arthur Smith - Mindlessness: A Beginner’s Guide

Arthur Smith

Pleasance Courtyard

From 05 August 2016 to 21 August 2016

Rating: ***

Review by Philip Fisher

Experienced comedian Arthur Smith cannot fail to be funny and moments of Mindlessness: A Beginner’s Guide are hilarious.

However, this set feels under-prepared to the extent that dear Arthur uses a script as a prop and reads out many of the jokes, even needing support from his tech man at one point a week into the run.

The subject itself is used as a frame for a series of jokes and humorous observations around the themes of spirituality and purposelessness, starting with a song delivered by the sky.

Much of the best material seems timeless and unconnected to the title, ensuring that Radio 4 and TV fans who are familiar with the comedian will go away happy.