Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Henry Ginsberg – 28 Years Later, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
A decade after he began in stand-up, Henry Ginsberg remains an overlooked talent, and unfortunately, seems set to stay that way. His tiny, box-like room reflects someone who exists on the fringes of society, bullied and shunned, sexually rejected and not even allowed to claim his depression, boorish elements denying it to him on account of his supposed middle-class privilege.
There’s no arguing that’s he’s got a jaundiced view of life, or that comedy is one of his coping mechanisms. If his material is occasionally dark, much of it is beautifully conceived, his neuroses and unfortunate circumstances affording him an original perspective.
Almost inevitably, he’s a better writer than performer, and can occasionally be tentative and lose faith in his routines, when a more confident delivery might reap greater reward. That’s a big ask given his many issues. But Ginsberg knows he’s a sharp wit, capable of channelling his anguish into more than swipes at inane indie kids. He closes with an affecting defiance at those who would diminish his struggles, suggesting that at a still-youthful 28, he could yet break through and have a bigger impact.
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Published in The Scotsman on 27 August 2015
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