Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Dreamboat (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Dreamboat

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).

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Dreamboat

  • 3 stars

As seen on BBC Scotland’s Up For It, Comedy Underground, BBC Two Scotland's Whiplashed and as heard on BBC R4's Fred at the Stand. Live support for Kevin Bridges, Jason Manford and Russell Kane. Recently listed 59th on a list of the 60 funniest people in Scottish history. “Endlessly enjoyable” ★★★★ (The Skinny) “Genius…