Comedy Review: Gary Delaney 2: This Time It’s Not Personal
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Gary Delaney 2: This Time It’s Not Personal at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Kate Copstick
Gary Delaney has more quality jokes in this hour than many comics have in their entire careers. Indeed, given his parallel career as a writer, many comics are currently enjoying careers fuelled by the comedy creativity of Gary Delaney.
I like nerds. I love people who have a genuine passion for something and Delaney is a comedy nerd of the highest order. You know that he knows exactly why and how each one of his jokes works.
In a comedy festival where hour-long shows of the “my bereavement / cancer / divorce / attempt at a world record / stamp collection in two titters and a nervous giggle” are rife, Delaney stands narrative free and nipple deep in laughs. But this is not just a one-liner jukebox of a show.
Delaney has visual gags, running gags, meta gags and an Agony Aunt page. He plays with deadpan and highbrow, science and kittens. His method for banter with the audience should be taught on some of the comedy courses around that could never produce a talent like this.
This show will satisfy comedy fans on almost every level, from those who demand a laugh a minute to those who love the very bones of comedy – the art and the craft and the science of the thing.
The final section of the show is dedicated to the jokes Delaney – for fun – inserts into Wikipedia entries. This is a work of subversive genius. Quite brilliant. And a much better internettage of his work than simply retweeting random jokes. You really, really should see and appreciate the original.
Let’s face it, the Dolly Parton I Will Always Love You was less showy than Whitney’s, but I think we all agree it was better.
MORE INFO: Gary Delaney 2: This Time It’s Not Personal at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) until 25 August
Originally published in The Scotsman