Comedy review: Liam Mullone: Game Over
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Liam Mullone: Game Over at Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88), reviewed by Jay Richardson
Amidst all the angst and gnashing of teeth about our government and society, Liam Mullone is one political comic who thinks the world is basically fine.
The libertarian reckons he probably needs to die soon, for reasons he outlines in his typically wry, barbed, informed reflection on the state of things.
But notwithstanding his mockery of Richard Dawkins and the Independent newspaper, he’s reasonably content. Even an injury he sustained while drunk jogging prompts only the mildest of rebukes for over-achieving disabled comics.
An advocate for reintroducing Hadrian’s Wall if Scotland achieves independence, he counters orthodoxy by arguing that Fringe shows contain “too much” hatred of the Tories, adding that David Cameron is not “one millionth as good as Thatcher”.
Mullone, you always sense, gets a real kick from attacking woolly liberalism. And while he’s often contrary for the gag in it, he has an attuned perception for bunk.
Exploring a wide range of topics, from the personal, such as his gypsy heritage, squatter past and stay-at-home childrearing, to the biblical origins of Italian fascism, he’s playfully insouciant, casually sharing his intelligence and insight. And as such, Game Over doesn’t really offer any memorable conclusions and feels a bit dispensable.
MORE INFO: Liam Mullone: Game Over at Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88), until 25 August
Originally published in The Scotsman