Ross Smith: Crying/Shame

Comedy (comedy, stand-up)

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Boys don’t cry – but should they? Ross Smith can’t remember the last time he did and is unsure if he still can. In Crying/Shame, Smith asks why it’s good to cry, for emotional well-being and comedy awards. And why he is nowhere near reaching either. Hopefully it will all end in tears. Crying/Shame is the eagerly anticipated sophomore hour from emerging talent Ross Smith. 'One of my favourite new acts' (Joel Dommett). 'Hilarious and original – unlike this quote' (Nish Kumar). 'Laugh-out-loud gags cleverly set up – go and see Ross Smith' (Bruce Dessau,

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Reah E 58 days ago

Got handed a flyer for this and went on whim really but so glad we did as it was one of the best stand ups we saw at the Fringe. Well worth a visit and nominated for two joke of the Fringe awards as well.

Harry Rodgers 59 days ago

How fantastic was this act, had the audience rolling with laughter, if I get the chance I’m going again.

Clever delivery and good one liners, very good at involving the audience, best show we have seen yet and look forward to seeing, hearing and laughing at Ross Smith again and again, worth filming amd having it shown to a larger crowf

Lily Sweetland 59 days ago

Saw him at the Francis boulle and friends show and went out our way to see him the following day as he was so good. Definitely recommend, will be big one day and a really nice guy too!

Mark Hedley 59 days ago

Brilliant show. Great audience interaction and improv. Just a very very funny guy. Looking forward to being smug about seeing him before he was REALLY FAMOUS....Shy bladder, idle heart, silly .......:)

Sarah Jones 62 days ago

I have seen this show twice now as Ross' interaction with his audience makes each show different and fun. personable charm and quick wit makes the hour fly. He does more than just 'fill an hour'! Great show. A definite must see.

Val Canning 65 days ago

Ross Smith was thoroughly entertaining.He is witty, quick and kept us laughing all the way through the show.

Trevar Alan Chilver 67 days ago

Witty, personable and utterly hilarious!

Peter Bridgewater 67 days ago

Brilliant. This is one of the best shows I’ve seen at The Fringe. Great material, superbly delivered by someone you just like. And I have no connection with this guy. He engages with the audience really well. It’s not even very ‘smutty’. 5 stars.

Sue Perry 71 days ago

A true original and genuine act. Ross stands out from other modern comedians with charisma, charm and hilarity. Went to see the show on the off chance and it has been my favourite thing at the fringe so far. Definitely recommend!

Alice Merriman 73 days ago

Absolutely loved the show! Really funny and left me wanting to sit and listen all day to all of the hilarious stories he had!
Would definitely recommend!

Tori Ainsworth 74 days ago

Such a great show from such a great guy! We were very impressed as Ross not only ‘filled an hour’ but made it feel like 10 minutes- quick witted humour and ongoing jokes throughout make for a very engaging show. We would highly recommend!

Robert Johnson 74 days ago

Loved the show, love the originality of the opening section. Happened to catch this purely out of luck, well worth going to see.

Connor Wilson 75 days ago

So funny and filled with so much heart. An absolute must see

Philippa Douglas 75 days ago

Hilarious, comic, pleasant, lively, diverting, delightful, enjoyable, cheerful, witty, merry, gladdening, facetious, jocular, rib-tickling, and all the other synonyms for funny. This is a show you won't want to miss!

Katie Parks 75 days ago

One of the Fringe's most hilarious comedy shows this year. A definite must see!

Steve Johnson 76 days ago

Absolutely fantastic! Had me crying with laughter from start to finish. Ross Smith is honestly a comedic genius and I can't mean it enough when I say go and see his show. 5 stars!

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The List (3/5 stars) 60 days ago

An emotionally stunted man with gags to die for...

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Radio HA-HA (3/5 stars) 65 days ago

In ‘Crying/Shame’, Smith tries to recall the last time he cried; honestly showing how men are affected by toxic masculinity. On the same topic, he discusses not knowing what to do when someone shows sadness; and opting to use humour as a defence mechanism.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 72 days ago

Ross Smith begins by admitting that he has no material, and it takes him a while to warm up. The concept behind the show is theoretically genius, yet the struggle to captivate the audience from the off creates uncertainty. But the Northamptonshire native eventually reveals his scrupulous wit, slowly organising...

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