Comedy review: Pat Cahill: Start
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Pat Cahill: Start at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Jay Richardson
With one of the longest introductions to any introductory show, Pat Cahill’s ironic title reflects how he perennially puts things off and fails to deal with life, instead distracting himself with all manner of eccentric pursuits.
Taken at face value, he’s an inventor, poet, gang leader, alcoholic and kidnapper in contact with the angels, evincing a delight in wordplay and willingness to contrive tunes across any genre, on any subject – be that French electronica for his dithering at a fried chicken takeaway, a Yorkshire rendition of the Doctor Who theme or his old time, music-hall exhortation to “blow up your troubles” in a handily supplied balloon.
Featuring more offbeat ideas and eccentric flashes of brilliance than many comics manage in a career, Start is a real curate’s egg, with Cahill persuading the audience to tuck in only sporadically.
For all his dismissal of running as symptomatic of mental instability, his nod to the Rolling Stones – Pat Cahill’s 19 Nervous Breakdowns – is perpetual motion itself, the cogs of his brain practically visible and spilling out across the venue as he offers little snapshots of his life.
Intermittently inspired and goofily endearing, there are surely much greater things to come from this distinctive performer.
MORE INFO: Pat Cahill: Start at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), until 25 August
Originally published in The Scotsman