Comedy review: John Gordillo

Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: John Gordillo: Cheap Shots at the Defenceless at The Assembly Rooms (Venue 20), reviewed by Jay Richardson

Notwithstanding John Gordillo’s opinion that reviews are increasingly meaningless in a world where any product or basic service can merit an indiscriminate five stars, and cultural colossi such as Dionne Warwick have to endure screen time with Loose Women, this is an arresting and perceptive hour from a stand-up who has set himself the task of getting to the bottom of a creeping malaise.

Taking issue with the overly familiar, passive aggressive, emotional blackmail of modern advertising and customer services, the bizarre anthropomorphisation of multinational companies and the way in which we as a society have allowed it to disseminate unchecked, he truly gets at the nub of the problem and picks at the consequences for real human relationships.

Once more featuring his outspoken Spanish father, it is the distance he feels from his 18-year-old stepdaughter that really concerns him.

Taking his time establishing his conceit, and indeed, slightly too long prepping the audience for something thoughtful, Gordillo has delivered a show that’s more interesting than funny. Still, there is sufficient humour in the disquiet and it is a message that ought to give anyone pause for thought.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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