Jack Docherty: Miekelson and McGlashan – Serious Men (2 stars)

This article is from 2018

Jack Docherty: Miekelson and McGlashan – Serious Men

Scot Squad and Absolutely star serves up underwhelming hour

Edinburgh native Jack Docherty last performed at the Fringe 25 years ago, but arrives with serious comedy pedigree. Currently starring as Chief Constable Cameron Miekelson on Scot Squad, he wrote for Spitting Image, was a script editor on Vic Reeves' Big Night Out, and then wrote and performed on the hugely influential sketch show Absolutely. Tonight's affair isn't going to rank as a career high point.

It's a disappointing hour, but starts promisingly as Miekelson performs a lecture on the future of Scottish policing. He effuses about the 'sick beats' of NWA, has a cheeky pop at his emergency service rivals – the firefighters of course – too preoccupied 'fannying about' with board games, box sets and PlayStations to be any use, and recalls the days of violence towards suspects, grinning broadly.

At the halfway stage Docherty tags in Absolutely's McGlashan. As a fan of that delightfully surreal show, it pains me to say I really wish he hadn't. There's one joke, repeated ad nauseum, which is that this fervently pro-Independence man loves everything Scottish and goes into a fit of rage over the thought of anything English. A glance around the room reveals a lot: laughter and nonplussed looks in equal measure.

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Jack Docherty: Miekelson and McGlashan – Serious Men

  • 2 stars

The Comedy Unit presents… Fresh from filming the fifth series of hit BBC One show Scot Squad, Edinburgh's Jack Docherty returns to the Fringe for the first time in 25 years. This hilarious show unites two of his best-loved comedy creations: Scot Squad's Chief Commissioner Cameron Miekelson and the fiercely patriotic…