Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Rich Hall at Assembly George Square (Venue 3), reviewed by Jay Richardson
Rich Hall is at a point in his career where he can trot through the motions and still more than capably entertain a lively, late-night crowd. The grizzled American gives the sense that, newer songs aside, he has no strict setlist in mind and is just going to expound on whatever he feels like. That proves double-edged, as he marvellously improvises tunes around the relationships and occupations of those in the audience but occasionally barks up a cul-de-sac too.
His reliable belligerence, occasionally at his own failing, ensures that the laughs are never too far from resuming, and of course, he’s never ruffled or in the remotest peril of letting the show get away from him. Familiar subjects, such as US gun control, Third World slave labour and the horsemeat scandal are kept distinctive by his practised ability to get to the nub of a hypocrisy and brutally expose it to ridicule.
He has got some sublime lines on internet dating and the wind turbines near Donald Trump’s golf course. And having long resided in the UK, there’s a wry tale of him getting his official paperwork to remain, incorporating a hilarious diversion into the Carry On films.
Originally published in The Scotsman