Red Richardson: Seeing Red (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Red Richardson: Seeing Red

credit: Theo Lowenstein

Self-deprecating hour of solid fare

'Red' is not Richardson's stage name but the result of his parents watching a particular Clint Eastwood film shortly after his birth. In his debut hour Richardson weighs up whether being named after a minor character that gets his butt kicked is better than being named after a sex-symbol.

The show takes a leisurely amble through his formative years, growing up in a hippy town in Devon with a relaxed attitude to drugs, then going to uni, getting a job at Greggs and auditioning to be Harry Potter, with plenty of self-depreciative humour along the way. He's particularly good when genuinely baffled by the feats of human endeavour, painting a hilarious picture of what life would be like in a world of Reds.

Richardson's laid-back demeanour makes for a convivial atmosphere as he shares stories of social awkwardness and muses on the problems of giving your children aspirational names. Despite some good throwbacks to earlier jokes and a neat story arch, the show doesn't yet feel like a fully fleshed-out 60 minutes of material. A few gaps need plugged but it's well on its way to being a terrific show.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug, 5.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Red Richardson: Seeing Red

  • 3 stars

Mick Perrin Worldwide Red Richardson delivers his debut hour of satirical, anecdotal comedy with bite. Raised in a drug-fuelled hippie town, he narrowly missed out on the role of Harry Potter when he was 10 and the rest wasn’t history. This show looks at fame, dreams, drugs, ambition and debt from the viewpoint of a…