Liam Malone: No Limbits
- Murray Robertson
- 22 August 2019
Paralympian with a jet-black show about himself and other disabled people
New Zealand comedian Liam Malone's credentials must surely be unique at the Fringe. Born with fibular hemimelia, a condition which led to both his legs being amputated when he was 18 months old; now aged just 25, he's a double gold-winning Paralympian. Having no legs gives Malone license to relentlessly mock his own disability and that of others, and he's so blasé with his jokes that any discomfort in the room is quickly dispelled.
Liking to punch sideways, he describes the 'disability maths' he needs to calculate when deciding whether he or someone else deserves the only remaining disabled parking space. He also mocks his mother's terminal cancer during an hour which is painted with the blackest of humour including, somewhat inevitably, material on Oscar Pistorius which would give most other comedians pause for concern.
Malone's observations often drift into fantasy and it's sometimes difficult to get a handle on which of his various threads are genuine, but he certainly works hard for his hour. He's a very fast talker, rushing through punchlines which would benefit from a little more room to breathe. His pacing will likely improve as he gains confidence as a performer and, having retired from athletics, his place on the comedy circuit is now assured.
Gilded Balloon at Old Tollbooth Market, until 25 Aug, 7.45pm, £6 in advance or donations at the venue.