Ed Night: An Aesthetic
- Brian Donaldson
- 21 August 2018
Scandals and Spotify get an airing in this intriguing second set
Ed Night is not the biggest fan of a certain household-name British comedian. He sort-of hints at the reasons for his antipathy but won't exactly tell us why, mainly because this individual has a team of crack legalese on his side who are only too happy to act when their client has his reputation tarnished. David Bowie also gets it very firmly in his dead neck as Night wonders why R Kelly's back-catalogue has been withdrawn from Spotify, while the Thin White Duke's output remains unscathed.
Celebrity scandals aside, Night has been pondering how to pitch himself as a stand-up: he'd love to be viewed as a working-class hero but knows only too well that he lives a lower middle-class existence. Ahead of this year's Fringe and on the back of a Best Newcomer nomination 12 months ago, he was advised to give a little bit more of himself and a lot less of his pesky opinions. There's a fair bit of both on display in An Aesthetic (quite the pompous title, that), and Night occasionally struggles with the fact that he has too many ideas on the go at any given moment.
In trying to shape his thoughts into a coherent argument, he gets a bit bogged down and simply darts around from hip-hop to comedy critics, and the slave trade to internet porn. Ed Night is shaping up to be an interesting voice on the British comedy scene, but for now it sounds a little muffled.
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