Review by Carmel Shortall
Named after one half of the dynamic duo, Rob(in) Deb also sports a Batman t-shirt for the last night of his celebration of geekiness at the Camden Head.
The show title: A Comic Book Guy tells you pretty much all you need to know as Deb describes how comic books in particular have influenced his life. He is passionate about his subject and mines it for comic (no pun intended) potential. However, there are plenty of TV, film and other popular culture references so non-geeky types are catered for as well.
And Rob Deb is a geek. He is such a geek that he is at pains to illustrate the difference between a geek and a nerd for us. Too many of the latter in an audience, apparently, and a line won’t get a laugh because it’s “factually accurate”.
Rob Deb is likeable, sincere and approachable as a comic – he doesn’t bother with the increasingly compulsory fake edginess that is irritating in so many new stand-ups. As he warms to his subject, you get the impression that his stage persona is pretty much how he is the rest of the time or at least down the pub, waving a pint around and enthusing about stuff. He clearly enjoys engaging directly with his audience as is evidenced by the Q&A session at the end of the set. “Ask me a question or all you’ll get is random babbling.” So we do.
Rob Deb has finished his Camden Fringe run but look out for him in the future – you don’t have to be a geek to appreciate the show but it helps.