Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Larry Dean: Out Now!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Larry Dean came out less than three years ago, on stage. But then he does so every night he’s performing. What his friends call a “stealth gay”, he has none of the superficial markers of sexuality supposed to identify him.
Dabbling with heterosexuality relatively recently and disastrously with a girl from Govan, it’s his Glaswegian background that tends to throw people. He acknowledges that his accent can strike terror when bellowed on the London Tube.
But this wry, likeable comic has endured a far greater culture clash problem.
Invited to be best man at his brother’s wedding, the latter’s unbending Catholicism meant that the gay comic was firmly instructed not to take the body of Christ in his mouth – a shame, because despite eschewing camp, he loves a bit of innuendo.
The run-up to the ceremony is framed with rich detail of his family’s quirks, much more compelling than the rather straight-faced account of his first gig, which feels like something of an addendum.
But the affable Scot has more to offer than well-crafted tales, including an in-your-face dinosaur impression and some easy crowd interaction, ensuring that the soul-searching never gets too intense.
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 17 August 2015
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