Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: David Mills: Don’t Get Any Ideas/Free, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith.
Sharp-suited in the style of the old school American comic David Mills is a class act.
His way of speaking is deliberate, precise and mannered, his jokes are beautifully crafted, sparkling
little missiles loaded with wit.
Mills adopts an air of high seriousness as he delivers his opinions on life.
He has a slightly sinister persona. He, don’t you know, knows more than we do about life, about comedy, about everything.
He has decided, for the purposes of this Fringe show, to share his wisdom with the audience, offering us waspish views about race, relationships and gay cruises.
There’s some nice bits of crowd work, in which Mills maintains his superior attitude while skating just the right side of offensive. He’s not afraid to embrace bad taste – playing with received attitudes about disability, religion and sexual orientation.
With Mills nothing is accidental – his point of view is clear and his language is always well chosen. Despite the shiny showbiz styling there is a political underpinning to this act which is interesting. Beneath the professional gloss, Mills is angry and bursting with attitude – and at the conclusion of his show he lets us know why.
Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015
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