Elaine Malcolmson & Niall Browne: All Kinds of Everything
Cheeky N’Ireland pair do a video nation thing
This article is from 2009.
Elaine Malcolmson and Niall Browne are Northern Ireland’s top comics based in Scotland. With All Kinds of Everything, they attempt to dismantle their country’s still lingering public image of bombs, bullets and balaclavas by hingeing their show on a much gentler province, one of peculiar diphthongs and George Best. One routine where the country is dubbed N’Ireland to avoid certain political connotations leads to an amusing confusion with a rather famous fictional character.
Playing off each other in a kind of good cop (Malcolmson) daft cop (Browne) scenario, there is rather too much reliance on video sequences starring the potato fairy (an alky whose industry is going down the tubes) and the ‘Giant of the Causeway’ (playing on Browne’s less than statuesque frame). While their low-energy blarney does amuse, one can only wonder if such meandering, site-specific nuances would titillate all markets.
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