Comedy review: Christian O’Connell: This is 13
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Christian O’Connell: This is 13 at Underbelly Bristo Square (Venue 300), reviewed by Kate Copstick
It is a much bigger step than you might think to come out of the radio studio speaking to millions to come into The Dairy Room speaking to 50 people. O’Connell has, he says, gone feral up here away from wife and kids. And he does look to be having a ball onstage.
The hour is structured around a list he made, aged 13, of all the things he wanted to do before he was 40. Earlier this year, staring 40 in the face, he decided to complete the list. But into this he weaves some fun stuff about buying pile cream, being made to join St John Ambulance as a kid, Ofcom’s list of swearwords and how acceptable they are on a radio breakfast show, his crap childhood Christmas presents, killing pigeons and spicing up his marriage with a sexy weekend.
It is a well-written hour and O’Connell is as engaging live as he is on air. I would have loved to see more of his little video clips – they were the ostensible raison d’être of the hour and looked like fun, especially the Subbuteo with an unacceptably competitive Brian Robson.
MORE INFO: Christian O’Connell is at Underbelly
Originally published in The Scotsman