The surprising number of empty seats certainly gave Stewart Lee plenty of ammunition, allowing him to explain, rather elegantly of course, that this was a manifestation of his plummeting popularity.
Of course it was not so surprising, considering this show left the city a shade more than six weeks ago after selling out its entire Fringe run. He explains he is back here as he will not play a certain chain of theatres, no doubt leading to much Googling from his acolytes after the show to find out why.
It was billed as a work in progress during the Fringe, and he still describes it as a testing ground for the third series of his TV Comedy Vehicle, to be recorded in December.
He has made a point of distancing himself from the "management stable" stand-ups, but apart from his reluctance to get involved in the panel show circuit there is a marked difference in his approach to stand-up.
The subjects ranges from Ukip to Planet Of The Apes to satirical animals to a Latvian friend. When he is running with an idea, plotting its path, and unveiling the ultimate intention of what he wants to say, whether political or cultural, no one can touch him.
Perhaps the most admirable thing about his stand-up is it can look shambolic but at the same time it is clear just how hard he has worked to make it so.
Oh, and it's extremely funny.