Darren Harriott: Good Heart Yute (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Darren Harriott: Good Heart Yute

Introspective and impressive hour from the TV regular

There is a sense of security that tends to come with attending a show from a comedian who has graced your television screens many a night. You've welcomed them into your home, and you know what to expect from them. But it seems that Darren Harriott is ready to shake things up a bit, if his comparison of Instagram influencers to Jesus Christ is anything to go by.

Good Heart Yute has plenty of left-field parables such as this, each more comical than the one before it. He even manages to tackle topics that can easily be a comedic minefield, such as the recent accusations against musician R Kelly, and weave together a series of jokes whose only explosions are caused by laughter.

It's a laudable feat on Harriott's part to make vulnerability the core of his set. By his own admission, this 30-year-old has never been in love, mostly due to his upbringing and a fear of putting himself out there. It's not too often you'd see a male comedian so openly unpacking themselves in such a manner on stage, but more should be taking Darren Harriott's lead.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug (not 14), 8.15pm, £9–£10.50 (£8–£9.50).

Darren Harriott: Good Heart Yute

  • 4 stars

Having recently turned 30, Best Newcomer Nominee Darren Harriott questions why he's never been in love.