Keith Farnan (3 stars)

This article is from 2008

Keith Farnan

Turning slaughter into comedy

There have been some odd subjects for comedy shows at the Fringe over the years, but the death penalty has to be one of the more unlikely ones. This show (Cruel and Unusual) came about when Irish comic Keith Farnan studied law and spent a spell in America interning at the Innocence Project working on Death Row appeals. For those that weren't aware of the many alleged injustices in the American judicial system, or the number of posthumous miscarriage-of-justice cases, this is an informative hour.

Even if you that already had a good idea of the background, it's a fascinating insight from someone who's seen it first hand, albeit briefly. Though Farnan's gags don't always match up to the stature of his subject it's still a show you should try to catch this Fringe.

Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, until 24 Aug (not 18), 6.10pm, £9–£10.50 (£8–£9.50).

Keith Farnan

  • 3 stars

The Irish comic's debut shot rips apart America's attitude to criminal justice. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.