Stand up

I suppose with hindsight, a Sunday afternoon, 4.00pm to be precise, on the first sunny day of the week, is not the best time to go to a stand up performance at the Buxton Fringe.

Actually we didn’t need hindsight, the fact that at 3.50pm we were the only ones in the holding pen (sorry I mean bar) was a bit disappointing, and did not bode well for a packed house.

In the end eight of us sat dutifully in the Underground venue, waiting for Alex Kealy.

We had chosen to see him, as of the four acts that we had watched on Friday night at the barrel of laughs gig, he was by far the best.

The really sad thing was that he didn’t disappoint. If you want up to the minute cutting edge stand up, blended around some fairly self deprecating observations then he was the guy for you.

Of course being British, there was an overwhelming feeling of guilt that only eight of us had bothered to turn up. How the rest of the festival attendees were feeling I can only guess.

And of course he was very good. The eight tried to do him justice but in the end we were I suspect a bit of a practice round for Edinburgh. I won’t spoil it by giving away any of the content but it was a clever mix of traditional stand up with some clever graphics. Probably the best use of powerpoint that I have seen for quite a long time.

So if you are in the Scottish capital during August, and you want to catch some up to the minute cutting edge stand up, give Alex Kealy a go. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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