Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Dreamboat
- Marissa Burgess
- 6 August 2019
Enjoyable show by a man who is struggling to grow up
Christopher Macarthur-Boyd's life is in a period of transition. He's recently moved from his native east end of Glasgow over to the west side: from his parent's home to living with his Australian girlfriend. Dreamboat is an easy hour of comedy from The Herald's 59th funniest Scot … but he is far better than that list's mediocre plaudit suggests. After starting stand-up just six years ago at the age of 20, he's worked his way up pretty rapidly, via several competition finals.
This, his third solo Fringe show, is a laid-back affair despite being fuelled by a can of Irn-Bru. He muses on his new middle-class surroundings with some gentle observational material on pretentious coffee shops, but his inability to grow up is measured by a stand-out section on cereal. Eschewing his girlfriend's more adult and healthier breakfast options in favour of cheap own-brand versions of kids' cereals leads to priceless, rougher depictions of the cartoon animals on the packets.
Meanwhile, noise bleed from a raucous show next door (one of those inevitable Fringe annoyances) only serves to further emphasise Macarthur-Boyd's easy-going nature as he resigns himself to this fate with a roll of the eyes. An enjoyable hour.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 25 Aug (not 12), 9pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).