Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Christian Talbot is Shite at Being Irish, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick
There is a marvellously comfortable feeling to Christian Talbot’s shows. He is a genial performer, relaxed and natural. Which roughly translates as: he’s Irish. And much better at it than the title would lead you to believe.
He has developed a quiz to test how Irish we are and questions range from the political (I got the answer to the question “who is the most powerful person in Ireland” hopelessly wrong. But I bet you will too). This is a smart way of presenting several top-notch gags about his homeland and its politics. Don’t underestimate Talbot. Even Tommy Tiernan gets it in the neck. Then we get an introduction to hurling, Irish traditional music, a series of great “anti-craic” jokes and a gruesome (but funny) story about how not being able to speak Irish almost killed him.
Proceedings are regularly interrupted by Christian’s Grandad, a man permanently unimpressed by his insufficiently Irish grandson. This is a friendly, funny and clever hour. We all laughed a lot, but the women next to me nearly dislocated something, so much was she laughing. Can’t say fairer than that.
Underbelly (VENUE 302), until 31 August, 5:40pm
Published in The Scotsman on 24 August 2015
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