Comedy review: Graham Clark – Afraid of the Clark
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Graham Clark: Afraid of the Clark at Assembly Roxy (Venue 139), reviewed by Jay Richardson
One of the most genial comics you’ll ever encounter, bearded, straggly-haired Graham Clark opens by claiming solidarity with the homeless, with a look that effectively forestalls the possibility of regular employment or a relationship with a woman. This chortling hobo persona really suits the Canadian and he recounts his stand-up with an easy self-deprecation that belies a keen observational brain.
Chatting amiably to the crowd, seeming genuinely interested in finding out more about the UK, his thoughts on Pizza Hut aren’t earth-shattering, but the vegetarian makes some solid points about the inconsistencies in his diet, especially when he’s drunk.
There is an understated, mischievous streak to him, exemplified by his wicked wedding invitation prank, and he is giddily enthusiastic about his passions, such as Back to the Future, which he relates he may have seen 135 times. Goofily rueful about the harm we have caused the planet for future generations, he nevertheless doubts teenagers’ capacity to take the environmental message onboard and he’s just as amusing on how mermaids came about.
For a wide-roaming set, it is disappointing that he finishes with the cliché of a Fifty Shades of Grey pastiche. But even this he carries off with charm.
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Originally published in The Scotsman