Jamie Dalgleish: From Buckfast to Middle Class (3 stars)

Jamie Dalgleish: From Buckfast to Middle Class

A scattershot reflection on social mobility

Jamie Dalgleish is determined to stay on track with his show, so much so that he's got notes to hand to keep him from wandering off point. You can see him itching to talk to the crowd but he remains pretty disciplined, even when faced with some rather exuberant ladies from Fife. Dalgleish is thoroughly affable company and the hour isn't overly structured, so he can get away with ditching a bit even if it does mean he has to hurry towards the end.

The theme of From Buckfast to Middle Class is on how far he's come in life. He grew up in Easterhouse, an area so rough it was blacklisted by takeaways because too many of their delivery people were getting mugged. These days though he's conflicted: he has two degrees and has just bought a house in a nicer area. Burgeoning middle-class pretensions he may have, but you'll never prise the Buckie from his mitts and he'll always have a loaf in the freezer.

The show may be a touch scattershot but Dalgleish clearly has great talent as a stand-up. There are laughs aplenty throughout the hour and you can see why he was previously crowned Scottish Comedian of the Year.

The Stand 4, until 26 Aug, 4.45pm, £8 (£7).

Jamie Dalgleish: From Buckfast to Middle Class

  • 3 stars

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