Andrew Ryan has a novel approach to ensuring he gets laughs: threatening to turn off the aircon if his audience falls silent. So the fact I spent most of his show wishing I had a jumper tells you the Irishman’s doing pretty well in his first solo Fringe performance. His pacey stand up contains plenty of entertaining observations, on topics from turning 30 to how to defeat telesales staff. A lot of the material treads familiar ground but there are some memorably clever touches, including a painfully funny taped call with an insurance seller. The show’s power-of-money theme, however, doesn’t really crystallise until late on, and it feels like Ryan tries too hard to make it work as a result.
Just The Tonic at the Tron, 2-26 Aug (not 14), 7.40pm
tw rating 3/5 | [Sarah Richardson]