Comedy review: Richard Brown: Art is Easy
Comedy review: Richard Brown: Art is Easy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Richard Brown: Art is Easy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick. ★★★ I saw Richard Brown’s first Edinburgh show last year and I loved his intelligence, his anger, his way with words and his deadpan fearlessness when standing on the thinnest of comedy ice. All of that is still here. …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Richard Brown: Art is Easy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.

★★★

I saw Richard Brown’s first Edinburgh show last year and I loved his intelligence, his anger, his way with words and his deadpan fearlessness when standing on the thinnest of comedy ice. All of that is still here. But his irritation and depression at his perceived lack of success are close to getting in the way of all those comedy advantages.

Richard’s set list is on the wall and he kicks off with some “real jokes” (just to prove he can – and he can) before getting stuck into a story about buying an engagement ring, career politicians, the dismantling of the NHS and a 30-second routine into which he packs the word c*** 13 times. He has a go at women who say they don’t need feminism, Russell Kane, the hypocrisy of the Commonwealth Games and the increasing tendency of the left wing to silence those who disagree with them.

He is smart enough to construct a whole show around an acrostic setlist, but not smart enough to realise that if you keep on telling an audience that you have lost them, eventually they might stop trying to find you again.

Clever angry stuff.

Dragonfly (Venue 63) until 29 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 27 August 2015

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