Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Home Sweet Home (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Home Sweet Home

A show which elevates its material to a higher plane

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd has a completely natural stage presence, an ease in delivery and a really strong hour of material. Home Sweet Home feels more like a really entertaining chat with your Glaswegian mate then it does try-hard, overly forced stand-up. At just 25, this comedian has a huge future ahead of him.

Boyd deals with both his audience and his subject matter cleverly as he covers topics such as porn and masturbation during puberty, which in someone else's hands could have been obvious and crudely boring. Here, he progresses to some really genius writing about a Margaret Thatcher parody sex film, and shows his ability to elevate material to a much higher and unexpected level.

Unafraid to engage with his spectators, he builds up a friendly rapport with those shouting out. His call-backs work well, and his comments on the struggles of the millennial generation are astute. There might be the occasional moment when Boyd could pick up the pace, but overall, you're left wanting a great deal more from this young, talented comic. A rising Scottish star, Christopher Macarthur-Boyd is certainly worthy of your time.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug, 10.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Home Sweet Home

  • 4 stars

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