One of the best things to do during MICF is to see a completely unknown comic, preferably in their first year of the festival. Not only will the tickets be cheap, you may also stumble on what could be the next big thing.
In his debut, So Real, Cross is undoubtedly a little green. Parts of the show may seem somewhat rehearsed, as though he is reading from a script, but the emerging comic shines when he ad-libs away from the tightly rehearsed text. This will undoubtedly develop with time.
Like most first-time comics, his show is a collection of observances and amusing personal anecdotes. Although the material is familiar his delivery is punchy, and with time it could be shaped into something very good.
Reminiscent of Josh Thomas’ early days, with his awkward persona and floppy hair, Cross presents a decent debut that could develop into something more polished in the coming years. Is Patrick Cross the next big thing? Who knows? But he does show some very promising talent.
Central Club Hotel
March 27 - April 20