Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Phil Kay Megabusy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw.
Crammed, slightly worryingly, into the top deck of a stationary double-decker bus, the audience follows the indefatigable Kay through a loosely woven tale of two eventful gigs in this typically charming show.
A natural born clown, wide-eyed optimist and harmless mischief-maker, Kay’s entire life is an endless adventure. Only he could contrast the story of a supposedly straightforward gig in Bathgate with booze-driven anecdotes about a wild tour of Asia, and ask his audience to decide which sounds more exciting. It’s a close-run call.
Along the way, we’re treated to the story of when he soiled himself at a music festival (this being Kay, he enjoyed the experience immensely) and his thoughts on the pathos of bookie’s pencils.
Though often categorised as a maverick improviser – and he’s usually wildly hilarious in that chaotic style – Kay is utterly at ease when sticking to a script.
He’s a bewitching raconteur, broadly reminiscent of Billy Connolly in the way the journey of his yarns, so packed with daft asides and quirky detail, is usually more important than the final destination.
This isn’t Kay at his life-affirming best, but it’s always a pleasure to spend time in his company.
Heroes @ Bob’s Blundabus (Venue 212) until 23 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015
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