For some the Fringe is all about catching new comedians performing their first full show and in ‘Survivor – A Broad Irish Idiot’ you can watch Jon Brennan do just that. Far from being nervous, the Irish stand-up seemed unfazed, drawing the audience into his thoughts on life and relationships with his chatty, fast-paced delivery. Many find a comedian using their young children as a source for material problematic, but Brennan brought out the universal silliness of family life. The show was not perfect: sometimes the chatter, though engaging, lacked real punchlines and the cruder strands became graphic description rather than comic observation. However, for a first attempt this was really not bad and, after all, practice makes perfect.
Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 2 – 11 Aug (not 5), 12.00pm
tw rating 3/5 | [Emily Pulsford]