Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Jimmy McGhie – Winged Goddess of Victory, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick
Jimmy McGhie is back at his best. And his best is extraordinarily good. This was an extraordinary gig. It is, Jimmy tells us “a surruptitious Dead Dad show”. However if you are deceased parent show averse, be assured there is also drug taking, some sex (not all involving Jimmy), beautiful Brazilians and a free guide to writing your own Russell Howard routine.
Many comics take a little chunk of autobiography and wrap it in fakery for the sake of laughs. But an audience, given the chance, can smell the real thing. And they love it.
So much did this audience love Jimmy McGhie that, when he slightly drifted off script while listing his Dad’s Top Three Knockouts, they couldn’t bear not to find out what the No 1 was. Jimmy’s Dad was prone to the use of his fists, we had already discovered. When Jimmy revealed No 1, we were appalled but just had to know more. So the gig became, for a short time, a sort of Q&A. It was wonderful. The event itself was abusive and dreadful, to be fair, but bloody funny in the telling. Jimmy’s Dad gifted him several things – not all good – but he takes them all and makes them into this great, great show.
You might have to be a little patient as there is some wittering at the top and the set-up section is fine but not the glorious comedy creation that the show becomes once Dad is introduced as Dead. This clever, personal, hilarious hour may be the best McGhie will ever be. You really should see it.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 30 August, 8:20pm / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015
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