Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Ally Houston: Shandy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Opening with some dryly witty, offbeat, deadpan delivered gags, Ally Houston warns that what follows is about to get weirder. And he’s not wrong. Relating his abusive relationship with his pet clown, Shandy, the self-consciously alternative Scot has fashioned an entire life story for the pair of them, replete with songs, videos and so many dark, inexplicable longueurs that you find yourself mentally echoing his stage-hand, Richard Brown, when he mutters “for f***’s sake. Ally”. The all-pervading bleakness grows oppressive. And you have to wonder at the resources and commitment thrown at an idea that never begins to justify itself.
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Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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