Comedy review: Jarlath Regan – Djarlo Unchained
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Jarlath Regan – Djarlo Unchained at The Assembly Rooms (Venue 20), reviewed by Jay Richardson
Perennially labelled, and to an extent, dismissed, as one of the nice guys of comedy, Jarlath Regan does little to contravene that impression in this competent but unremarkable hour of stand-up.
Although long established in Ireland and at the Fringe, where his near-legendary flyering technique has attracted more than 90 per cent of today’s audience, the recession has forced him and his family to move to London. Initially conflating the experiences of Scots, Irish and English in grim weather, when he shifts into highlighting cultural differences between his adopted home and birthplace, the disparities aren’t profound enough to make much impact.
He is on surer ground as a storyteller, capably extracting laughs from the much-publicised interviews of Cleveland kidnapping hero Charles Ramsey, and his loving but mischievous, tit-for-tat relationship with his wife. The notion that a secure relationship raises the stakes of pranks is his most compelling thread and one he perhaps ought to develop further.
He does himself few favours highlighting the renowned 40-minute lull by showcasing his fake and not-so-fake commercial ideas, while closing on an online spat with a deranged former fan is amusing enough but hardly a barnstorming ending.
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Originally published in The Scotsman