Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Aidan Strangeman: Horsey, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
This is a sweet show by a lovely man. We get songs about everything from being a Man With The Heart Of A Lady to one about a dubious religious experience which I am pretty sure isn’t in the usual Catholic Mass. Along the way Strangeman also speaks fluent dolphin and does a superb Tom Waits impression.
The show – impressively for a musical comedy hour – has a proper arc from his days as a priapic teen experiencing a “strange feeling” through to the heart of the piece, which is his two autistic daughters. They are seven and nine and occupy different places on the spectrum.
Added to which his wife has something called idiopathic hypersomnia. But this is not only a touching, but a cheery show. Where other comics would simply have done an autobiographical tearjerker, Strangeman does it in song and it is lovely.
In between the music, his standup is engaging and personal. The titular Horsey is a delightful song about … well anyone who has ever been a father, or indeed, a child will know what Horsey is. And will love this show.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 26 August 2015
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