Comedy review: Damian Clark

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Damian Clark in G’Damon at Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), reviewed by Martin Gray

The first thing Damian Clark does when he bounds on stage is knock over the pint that’s been left for him on a stool. It’s not part of the routine, but it does give us a great introduction to the Australian comic. He’s straight in there, mopping up the beer, apologising to the audience and delighted when a punter volunteers to pop down to the bar for another.

And then he begins again, 
re-entering the Teviot’s Wee Room, a tiny furnace in which many a comic career has been forged. And Clark – Damo to his mates – looks set to emerge from this year’s Fringe a star, due to a well-wrought set delivered with brio and huge charm.

There’s no overarching theme, it’s ‘just’ Clark telling us about his life in Australia and how things have been since he moved to the UK. Problems with the landlord. Annoying the neighbours. Slankets. Birdsong. There’s a hilariously surreal sequence centred on interpretive dance as an alternative mode of form filling. Training his cat, Elvis, to do something amazing.

And lots, lots more. Clark doesn’t lack for content, and he’s happy to go off-script, journeying wherever audience interaction takes him.

And because he wants the audience to feel comfortable, he even cools us down intermittently with his giant “wafter”. What’s more. despite the 16+ tag in the Fringe guide, there’s no sweariness where gags shoud be – this is a show you could take the whole family to.

MORE INFO: Damian Clark is at Gilded Balloon
Originally published in The Scotsman

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