Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Michael Che: Six Stars, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Echoing his show title, Michael Che’s indifference to critical opinion is demonstrated by his casually shooting the breeze for the first 15 minutes of his hour. Relaxed and reflective, the Saturday Night Live cast member is a nonchalant act, easing into his routines with a few workaday tales of drunken antics in Edinburgh, the differences in US and UK vocabulary and a bit of gentle crowd interrogation.
Amiable enough company, the American nevertheless frustrates because he’s capable of so much more. He enjoys playfully advancing a contentious line of thinking, venturing why he’d prefer Donald Trump as president to Barack Obama, yet makes a glib case to suggest the only attribute the leader of the free world needs is money.
Perceptive and hilarious on what the legalisation of marijuana says about the US economy, he finally hits his stride with some arch thoughts on Jesus’s twin vocation of deity and carpenter. Thereafter, he’s into some really meaty material, contesting accusations of misogyny and homophobia with sharp arguments that don’t so much exonerate him as flesh out the issues with wit and a broader perspective.
Capable of really incisive profundity, there’s no doubting Che’s talent. But he could focus it more effectively.
The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4 (Venue 12) Until 20 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 17 August 2015
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