Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Dysfunctionally in Order, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Opening with a tale of the first time he inadvertently defecated at a concert, it’s fair to say that Gary Meikle is a broad comic. A cheeky charmer with little aspiration to be cutting edge, he divides men and women along lines of their relationship to their genitals. And he limits his political discourse to a clunky gag about shopping trolleys in a future, post-indepedence Scotland. But having been a bit of a tearaway in his youth, the Glaswegian found himself a single parent at 17. And what makes this hour is the fond, odd-couple relationship the 38-year-old has with his daughter.
Alternately horrified by, sabotaging and mocking her sexual relationships, her presence in the crowd on the night I saw it afforded additional oomph to the routines, all the funnier for their emotional honesty. The reality of his often-colourful life is engaging, even when he’s ungallantly open about his ex-girlfriend’s sexual pecadillos.
Astute about teenage boys’ lack of libidinal control, he’s also humorous about his uncle’s inappropriate body contact when he was young, ruefully noting without condemnation how times have changed. For a latecomer to stand-up, Meikle is showing plenty of potential.
Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Venue 185) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 27 August 2015
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