BRETT GOLDSTEIN

Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of The Fringe: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2013
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2016
Always Be Comedy (3 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2017
RCN Foundation NHS Nurses Fundraiser: Up The Creek, Greenwich, London, 2017
Nick Helm’s Xmas F*ck Fest 3: Pleasance Theatre, Islington, London, 2017
Boatshow Comedy Club: The Tattershall Castle, Embankment, London, 2018
Brett Goldstein: What Is Love, Baby Don’t Hurt Me: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2018
Films To Be Buried With Live with Brett Goldstein: National Film Theatre, Southbank, London, 2018
Films To Be Buried With Live with Brett Goldstein: National Film Theatre, Southbank, London, 2019
Films To Be Buried With: End of The Decade Christmas Special with Brett Goldstein: National Film Theatre, Southbank, London, 2019
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2020
Always Be Comedy Online (3 shows): Online: 2020
Always Be Comedy Online: Films To Be Buried With: Online: 2021
Films To Be Buried With Live: Underbelly Festival, Cavendish Square, London, 2021
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2021 

Brett Goldstein is an Always Be Comedy favourite.  I have to date seen him many times at the club and he never disappoints. 

 Goldstein is skilled storyteller with topical jokes seamlessly woven together with a self-effacing charm that endears an audience.  Because of his likeability and self-effacing charm on stage, Goldstein can talk about near the knuckle subjects.  He twenty-minute routines that he performed at Nick Helm’s Christmas benefit show and an NHS Nurses Fundraiser both in 2017 were inspired and very funny.

Goldstein appeared at the Boatshow Comedy Club in London in May 2018.  As I sat in anticipation, I was looking forward to seeing a comedy circuit favourite of mine make the audience laugh.  He wandered on to the stage and began his routine to a somewhat drunken and difficult audience.  What was great to see was that he displayed a great sense of vigour and amiability on stage and he managed to extract laughs from some great lines in his work-in-progress routine.

It was brilliant to see Brett Goldstein’s Edinburgh Fringe show in August 2018.  The show focussed on relationships, and particularly his personal issues encompassing them.  He made an amazing entrance to the show acting out an Ibiza nightclub scene that was extremely amusing.  He is such an engaging storyteller that he grabbed the attention and the funny bone of the audience from start to finish.

Many an evening I have spent in a pub talking about films having watched as, to date I have seen over 1500 pictures. in November 2018, I was therefore very pleased to see Films To Be Buried With Live at the National Film Theatre in London.  This is a podcast presented by Goldstein with the imaginary scenario that the guest has unfortunately died. It has so far featured different comedians (To date guests have included Aisling Bea, Nick Helm, Jack Whitehall and more) being interviewed about their life and career influenced by their favourite films.  If anyone is interested, a handful of mine would include It’s A Wonderful Life, Singin’ In The Rain, Sideways, Educating Rita, Get Carter, Hannah and Her Sisters, Bladerunner, Lost In Translation, Back To The Future, and Raiders of The Lost Ark.  I always enjoy watching any film with my favourite actor Jack Lemmon and the run of great comedies starring Steve Martin and directed by Carl Reiner.  The link to the podcast is:

https://www.acast.com/filmstobeburiedwith

The first of the live shows saw actor Will Poulter being interviewed and the evening, like the podcast was very educational, informative, funny and entertaining.  Goldstein brought all his stand-up experience and clearly his love of films, quickly identifying key scenes and witty facts about the chosen film when required.   After the success of the first live show, I was delighted that the podcast has become a regular live event at the NFT.  I have since attended another one in February 2019 with guest Lolly Adefope and the End of the Decade Christmas Special with guest Nish Kumar in December 2019.

I listen to the podcast regularly and I really hope that Goldstein can continue to produce it live at the NFT (or elsewhere) at regular intervals with a different guest as this was a very enjoyable hour watching one of my favourite comedians talking about one of my favourite subjects.

Goldstein made a welcome return to Always Be Comedy for the club’s first show of the new decade in January 2020 with new Work in Progress material.  He was enthusiastic, frank, direct and fearless expressing stories about trying to find love and having a relationship in a crazy world.  He easily grabbed the audiences’ attention and constantly shook its funny bone.  It is great to have him back doing stand-up comedy.  Goldstein also appeared in the first Always Be Comedy Online show in April 2020 with a hilarious interview with compere James Gill and then again online with a hysterical routine in September and October 2020.

In January 2021, the comedian presented his award-winning podcast Films To Be Buried With for Always Be Comedy Online with compere James Gill as his special guest and in July 2021, he presented it live from the Underbelly Festival in London with guest Sarah Kendall.  Watching it both online from the virtual front row and live in an audience added an extra dimension to a very successful format.

Also in July 2021, Goldstein returned to live stand-up comedy with a very impressive headline performance at Always Be Comedy.  Talking about living with his girlfriend during the pandemic lockdown, he delivered thirty minutes of comic gold that thoroughly entertained the audience and consistently made me cry with laughter.

Goldstein has proved to be a great stand-up comic, interviewer and actor who is a very warm, friendly and funny man and I look forward very much to seeing him again soon.

Leave a Reply