John Lynn: Addiction Diction
- Marissa Burgess
- 5 August 2018
Comedy lesson in assured and edgy humour
Using a theme of life's addictions enables John Lynn to loosely group together a bunch of largely disparate yet killer routines in this solid hour of stand-up. It's easy to see why Lynn gigs all around the world; his is the kind of set that you can kick back and listen to, knowing that you're in a safe pair of comedy hands. The man so clearly knows what he's doing.
Not that 'safe' means his material is without bite though. Always staying on the right side of likeable, he mischievously pushes at the boundaries; there's the analogy he uses of a woman he dated that initially appears to be old-school sexism but swiftly turns into something else, while there's a particularly enjoyable taunting routine about looking after his young cousins and their burgeoning criminal activity.
Aside from the top quality writing, he has a fantastic delivery that betrays his training in acting. Lynn's storytelling is languid and teasing, knowing exactly when to land his punchline with just the correct amount of measured diction and accompanying, elaborating mannerisms. For a simple comedy masterclass with no frilly Fringe bits, look no further.
The Stand's New Town Theatre, until 26 Aug (not 14), 4.10pm, £10 (£9).