Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Pat Cahill: Panjandrum, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson
Pat Cahill is his own utterly unique act. And that act is currently wartime Cockney knees-up singalongs that linger long in the memory. After all, who can forget such tunes as Two Little Puppies in Two Little Pushchairs and Forgetful Fanny Granny? Expanding his desire to keep the outside world at bay into a full-blown bunker mentality, he’s donned his grandfather’s tin helmet to hunker down until the worst passes – the worst presumably being normal interaction with other people.
Certainly, the ridiculously catchy All The People Pat Cahill Won’t Let In affords a good flavour of his siege mentality. His trademark hands-free mic allows him to lead the crowd through the chorus, as well as being a fine example of his make-do-and-mend approach to comedy, building his own ridiculous props from household items. Notwithstanding a tale of him going feral on the London Underground that’s very funny in its deluded inventiveness, and the account of his formative first gig (which is less so but explains an awful lot), the songs might seem a one-note gag, were it not for the witty lyrics and enthusiasm Cahill brings to capering through them. Just you try maintaining a stiff upper lip through this nonsense.
Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313), until 30 August, 6:40pm
Published in The Scotsman on 24 August 2015
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