Comedy review: Universal Adapter: Alistair Barrie
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Universal Adapter: Alistair Barrie at The Dram House (Venue 339), reviewed by Kate Copstick
You are, as an audience, totally safe in the comedy hands of Alistair Barrie. He is having great fun this year and it shows. And it means we have great fun too.
In this deliberately wide-ranging show he has an absolutely hilarious explanation of the Celtic Tiger economy, an elephant-porn section, a relationship moment, some current(ish) affairs and a chunk of absolutely new material, the subject of which is given to him the previous day by a member of the audience. And so we got a very funny five minutes on “The Queen’s New Baby” thanks to Lucy the previous night.
Barrie is a marvellous mainstream comic with a genuinely commanding stage presence. There are no real lulls in his hour, his political material is intelligent and his observational stuff hits home, whether the resulting laughter of recognition came from fellow sufferers from hair-trigger bladders and blue fluff, or those who had experienced the perils of letting your partner move in with you.
Apparently Radio 4 don’t reckon he is their type of comic. I really think they should think again. This is properly smart comedy for grown-ups. By a properly smart comic.
MORE INFO: Universal Adapter: Alistair Barrie at The Dram House (Venue 339), until 26 August
Originally published in The Scotsman