Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Ray Bradshaw: I Dare Ray To, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray.
Scottish comic Ray Bradshaw is a bit of a people pleaser. As a boy, a friend dared him to kick himself in the head. Cue a tooth punted up through the jaw, painful butterfly stitches… but a certain sense of satisfaction. So when the idea of a show about embracing dares for a year came up, Bradshaw set up a website to see if it had legs. What might people ask him to do?
A lot of skydiving, for one thing. Running with the bulls for another. Bradshaw tried both, and they make for a good few laughs in this thoroughly amiable hour. Other dares were a little odder. Going on a date with Scotland’s oldest woman, for example. Or representing Scotland at a sport.
Along the way, Bradshaw shares what he’s learned about the psychology of dares. Go on, guess who’s more likely to make a fool of themselves, women or men…
Bradshaw’s a throughly engaging stage presence, chatting easily to the audience and eliciting some great anecdotes from punters who have taken on an idiotic challenge of their own. Whether or not you’ve a story of your own to share, I dare you not to laugh.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 18 August 2015
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