Comedy review: David Quirk
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: David Quirk – Shaking Hands With Danger, reviewed by Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Jay Richardson
A show about David Quirk’s two relationships – the one he has with Guns N’ Roses and the other he had with a landscape architect named Claire – this is a refreshingly candid slice of storytelling from the accomplished Australian.
Bad boy behaviour is a stand-up staple, invariably delivered with a roguish wink. But Quirk has no compunction about accepting the blame and consequences for his infidelity. His cheating, as he is loath to describe it, took place on a drunken night in Finland, and his self-loathing at the time is as nothing to the mature perspective he now brings to the event. Related without much in the way of self-pity but instead acute, emotional intelligence, he lets both storylines unfold gradually and intertwine, carefully pacing them.
Deploying some neat turns of phrase, he never compromises the verisimilitude of his account by striving too hard for a gag, though an entertaining trip to the sexual health clinic punches up the laughs count somewhat. The result is an atypically introspective, provocative hour with deep reserves of wit, sending you back out into the night with a bittersweet sense of enjoyment.
Originally published in The Scotsman