Comedy review: Adam Kay: How to be a Bogus Doctor
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Adam Kay: How to be a Bogus Doctor at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Kate Copstick
Generally speaking the best one can hope for from a comedy show on the Fringe is a stitch from laughing too hard. With Adam Kay’s show, you could come out with a whole new career in private medicine.
The NHS is in crisis, notes Kay with barely concealed glee, and there is no better time to be a doctor in the private sector.
Such is the esteem in which Kay’s “lectures” are held that Simon in the front row is in fact a doctor and has obviously come along to pick up some useful tips. And tips there are aplenty – from how to look the part for under GBP15, through low-cost equipment options, a DIY defibrillator and the importance of The Executive Toy, to how to examine a patient and the importance of fire-raising.
I even got a certificate. Although, as Kay shows us, it is very easy to make your own. Kay also has a book wot he has written (available for purchase) and from this we learn about different diseases wot you can get. The disease thing is, in Adam’s model, incidental to the important stuff – like pricing. The module on pricing is particularly impressive as are the many potential peripheral charges he alerts us to.
Of course you don’t just qualify as a doctor by listening to a smart, funny, inventive hour of comedy. There are quizzes. So pay attention. And probably don’t sit in the front row if you don’t want to find yourself the object of Dr Kay’s medical expertise. I wouldn’t have believed qualifying as a doctor could be so much fun. The time flew and if there is ever any chance of a postgraduate qualification I would sign up right now.
MORE INFO: Adam Kay: How to be a Bogus Doctor at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), until 26 August
Originally published in The Scotsman