Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tom Parry: Yellow T-shirt, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Ebullient fun from the sketch group Pappys’ most boisterous member, Tom Parry delivers one of the most straightforwardly enjoyable comedy shows at the Fringe.
Taking the stage as an exaggerated vision of Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones, the first of many instances of unabashed nineties nostalgia, it’s an eye-catching introduction to his unquenchable passion for fancy dress.
Despite his goofy charm and moments of silly unpredictability, he’s an assured performer, confident enough to assert just how many thoughts and jokes he’ll be sharing over the course of this energetic hour.
Identifiable by his own, uniquely unsettling wardrobe malfunction since priapically toying with a solo career, as much as his trademark yellow T-shirts, following an outfit change or two, he opens his account of the various archetypes who attend a costume party.
Suffice to say, that as with all aspects of life, Parry’s empathy is with those who really throw themselves into the enterprise, regardless of the potential for humiliation, celebrating outside-of-the-cardboard-box and beyond-stock-white-sheet creativity. Rejected by Cambridge University, he nevertheless made his mark there later in barnstorming style, a recent reappraisal of the memory confirming that when he’s in some ridiculous guise, Parry is least self-conscious and most himself. Not to mention more-or-less bulletproof confident. In between, he diverts off into some entertaining personal anecdotes and a few of those thoughts he threatened to share, ranging from musings on the diversity of sprees to a lovely and compelling coinage for a term to describe pre-flirtation banter.
Ultimately sharing the provenance of those yellow T-shirts, it’s a life-affirming little tale, typical of a grin-inducing debut that’s undemanding beyond its shameless play for standing ovations and a casual call to make life memorable, a feelgood experience whichever way you dress it up.
Just the Tonic at the Tron (Venue 51) until 30 August
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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