Alex Kealy: Rationale (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Alex Kealy

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Solid politically-tinged stand-up that skirts around the edges

Insisting that he'd rather be correct than happy, these are challenging times for political comedians such as Alex Kealy. Having to continually update your material to keep up with hourly-changing current affairs makes putting together a Fringe show rather tricky; so he has kept his thoughts on Brexit general rather than digging deep into specific issues of personalities and policies. In a way, he's merely being his father's boy, what with Kealy senior having carved out a career as a diplomat.

Kealy's style is to often look like as though he's having an onstage debate within himself as he delivers his material but it's all extremely well thought-out and structured; though some might take issue with his assertion that absolutely no one can be anti-peace: the military-industrial complex springs quickly to mind as one entity that thrives through permanent global warfare.

However, some gags really hit their mark, such as his routine about The Hague seeking a rebrand one day, what with it being constantly thought of as the home for war-crime trials, while he believes it's unfair that Beano's Dennis should be definitely dubbed as the Menace. Rationale is another solid Alex Kealy show which proves his heart is in the right place while his gags are articulately crafted and amusingly delivered.

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Alex Kealy: Rationale

  • 3 stars

Political comic Alex Kealy explores the emotional roots behind our seemingly-rational thoughts.