Rich Wilson: Death Becomes Him (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Rich Wilson: Death Becomes Him

A self-deprecating look at an eventful life

Rich Wilson is dead. He has yet to go to heaven or hell, though, as he's not quite sure which one he belongs in. So for now he sits in purgatory. A vase of cheap flowers, a stopped clock, and a fold-up chair compose the simple decor of his in-between world, which mirrors the slightly unpolished hour.

Finding himself dead at the age of 47, Wilson has a lot of memories to look back on. From the time he was touched by a stranger in the woods as a young boy to his misadventures working in a gay sauna as a straight man, he's definitely collected enough material for a humorous show. His club comedy background is evident, as he confidently moves from one joke to the next, effortlessly engaging with the audience. But Death Becomes Him hits some lows as the theme is often forgotten and he himself admits to not following much of a structure.

Nevertheless, Wilson definitely knows how to work a room. Some of his material is recycled from his last Fringe hour, but you can't really hold it against him when it works that well. It certainly wouldn't be enough of a reason to send him straight to hell.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 25 Aug, 4.30pm, £8–£10 (£9).

Rich Wilson: Death Becomes Him

  • 3 stars

Produced by Angelo Constantinou and Max Blackman 'Woke, feminist, geezer' (List). Best International Act 2018, NZ Comedy Festival. We’re sorry to announce that award-winning stand up comedian, father, bus driver, gay sauna worker and beloved 'Pudding', Rich Wilson has died; but that’s only the beginning. Whilst in…