I now know why I loath comedy reviews.

They are one person’s subjective view of one particular performance.  Most (all?) reviews don’t mention what the AUDIENCE thinks, only the reviewers thought based on their years of reviewing comedy.

Their years of reviewing comedy …

Surely the important measure is whether the audience liked it or not?

If we’re going to put up with reviews, wouldn’t we at least be better of ditching the “*” system?  My vote is for a system like the “Little Man” system of the San Francisco Chronicle.


Robert Ebert explained the system here.