Comedy review: Jamie MacDonald: Oblivious
Comedy review: Jamie MacDonald: Oblivious

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Jamie MacDonald: Oblivious, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson. ★★★ With Chris McCausland absent from the Fringe this year, Jamie MacDonald’s unique selling point as the festival’s blind stand-up is intact. His condition inspires plenty of the relatively-new comic’s material. But there’s more than enough promise here to suggest it’ll …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Jamie MacDonald: Oblivious, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.

★★★

With Chris McCausland absent from the Fringe this year, Jamie MacDonald’s unique selling point as the festival’s blind stand-up is intact.

His condition inspires plenty of the relatively-new comic’s material. But there’s more than enough promise here to suggest it’ll become increasingly incidental as his career develops. The strapping Scot has compelling anecdotes about the bullying he experienced at school, but applies the same wry, good humour to them as the misguided attempts of his teachers to help him assimilate.

Waggishly, he protests advances in disability access and Paralympian sport as robbing him of excuses for laziness, his account of playing his one and only game of blind football hilarious in its foreseeable outcome.
Supplementing a few of his dramatic recreations with light and sound effects, touches that would seem gauche for most comics, add a certain playfulness to his easy charm.

The story of him taking an audio-described tour of the National Gallery strains credibility and you’ll see the denouement coming a mile off but it’s capably set up and related all the same.

Similarly, accounts of rascally behaviour in Glasgow taxis and pubs are familiar staples, but MacDonald makes them distinctive with the droll capacity of an emerging raconteur.

Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17) until 30 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 26 August 2015

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