Chris Kent: Looking Up
- Brian Donaldson
- 23 August 2018
Comedy simply happens to unfortunate people
Well into his latest hour-long show, Irish comic Chris Kent tells a blistering tale of his father upsetting children at a party while dressed as Mickey Mouse. He has some sympathy for his daft da' on this occasion (conversely, the main event of Peppa Pig went down a storm), but you get the sense that he's annoyed at someone for his inability to handle what life throws at him on a regular basis. A large amount of unfortunate things seem to simply happen to Kent, and you can only hope that the events retold in Looking Up didn't all occur in the last 12 months.
We hear of dodgy goings-on at a Thailand sex auditorium, the time he tried to walk an infirm and blind old lady across the road without success, and why he sometimes forgets that he now lives in England, while there's even a long story set in that most well-trodden of comedic locales, the airport departure lounge.
Defiantly not a fan of small talk, Chris Kent attempts to take on the big stuff in his stand-up. For the bulk of his hour, the Cork comedian has the crowd firmly within his palm.
Assembly George Square Studios, until 27 Aug, 6.50pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).