Bagpipes. Like the cock joke, they are popular but divisive, either gaining or alienating a room with the first blast. Luckily for comedian David Whitney, a purveyor of both, his piping entrance quickly endeared himself to a patient crowd in the stifling turret. Perhaps most famous for once head-butting a heckler (a greatly exaggerated incident, he claims) Whitney unleashes on many topics, from religion to sex, politics to paedophiles, yet keeps the audience within striking distance with his witty off-hand observations and exaggerated bravado. It may not be revolutionary, nor give you a radical position to consider, but you could really do a lot worse than an hour of enjoyably humorous company with this amiable and honest pro.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 2-27 Aug (not 14), 10.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Joseph Trotter]