Comedy review: Sean McLoughlin – Backbone
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Sean McLoughlin – Backbone at Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Venue 185), reviewed by Kate Copstick
Let me tell you a secret. The audience banter thing is a real skill. Don’t do it if you haven’t got it. It is not compulsory and can get in the way of an otherwise brilliant show. It did here, as otherwise Sean McLoughlin’s show would have been worth four stars.
The show is harsh, funny and personal. It is angry and original. McLoughlin has a real comedy voice. Poverty and lentil fantasies, Blair and phimosis (don’t look it up, Sean will explain), America and relationship anxiety are packed into this passionate hour-minus-inept-banter.
McLoughlin not only has important stuff to say – politically and socially – but is a great raconteur. He is shouty, doubt-ridden and self-excoriating, but I found his hour compelling and powerful. Gloriously honest.
There is even some clever improv in here as he likens his sexual prowess to a host of famous movie directors. I don’t know whether he adds one a day but he takes suggestions from the floor and displays a whole new, unexpected, witty string to his comedy bow.
This guy is an exciting talent. I have no idea why someone hasn’t grabbed him for TV. As comics with stupid hair go, he is one of the best.
Until 25 August. Today 6:15pm
More info: Sean McLaoughlin – Backbone is at Laughing Horse @ Espionage
Originally published in The Scotsman