Set up in the corner of the stage there is a mighty tome, supposedly the Life-Survival Bible of the show’s title. It soon becomes apparent that it should be more of a pamphlet. Nothing too deep or complex, our host presents observations of modern living, rather than a list of dogmatic adherences.
Shanvaski excels here as the Everyman figure. He is the quintessential 30-something cohabitating male from the amiable streets of suburban Manchesterfordshire, down to the uniform of Next-style shirt, boot-cut jeans and trainers.
The material overall is very accessible and there are flashes of comedy genius and wit. The couple of musical numbers are solid and help break up what could feels like an awkward first date with a nice guy who just isn’t the one.
There is an overall lack of cohesive narrative to the show. Personal details don’t match up and leave the audience confused, rather than relaxed. The theme of requirements for modern living feels a little tenuous and vague as a thread for the whole hour.
persona is likeable enough but not overly memorable, his existence being drinking with mates and dodging scented candles at home. Overall, it is an hour of entertaining comedy. There are laughs to be had. Sadly it is just not the second coming of stand-up.