Benny Boot, aka President Walter Montgomery, cheerfully shares the secrets of comedy. Good cheer/beer an essential ingredient
The shtick: Gigglesome Aussie comic and his "President of Standup Comedy" alter ego, Walter Montgomery, demonstrate the principles of making funny.
Where has he been all my life? Boot has spent six years on the UK comedy circuit, and has previously appeared on mixed bills in Edinburgh. This is his first solo show.
Best moment: The delightfully pompous Walter, in bouffant wig and skinny tie, demonstrating the range of subjects available to standups: "from duvets to Jewish people."
Is there something strange, in the neighbourhood? Not strange, exactly ? but Boot has a very amusing joke about Ghostbusters.
You'll like it if ... Good cheer is as important to you as good material.
You won't like it if ... You prefer comics not to laugh at their own gags. Boot never stops.
The buzz: Boot was tipped pre-festival by last year's best newcomer winner Roisin Conaty. He was also NBC's Last Comic Standing UK finalist, with (according to one review) "a keen instinct for jokes".
The reality: Likable but directionless standup with half a show and a funnier fictional alter ego.
File next to: Eddie Murphy, to whose standards ? according to Walter ? all standups must aspire.
How drunk do I need to be? Every little helps.
How do I book? Pleasance Courtyard (0131 556 6550) until 29 August.