Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Andrew Doyle : Minimalism!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith.
There seems to be a minor epidemic of comics talking about the comedy industry as part of their act. We all know the live circuit is going through a crisis but there is really no need for all this green-room industry gossip to be recycled in front of an audience.
When he begins, Doyle explains that he normally performs a show with a scripted narrative arc – but he’s tired of the form and weary of his persona.
Since he has already established that only two members of the audience have seen him before this is an almost entirely redundant piece of chat.
A running gag about how much he hates Ramsgate is also a very odd choice for an Edinburgh show.
Things pick up a lot with his anatomical dissection of the gay dating world. The potential for mistaken identities and subterfuge when using gay dating apps is very funny.
Doyle has a fantastic take on the absurd stratification of the gay world and the way gay men choose to define themselves according to physical body type and sexual preference.
He’s great with the audience, lifting them up and putting them down with bitchy little asides.
The Stand Comedy Club 5 (Venue 319) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015
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