Andrew Lawrence: Soul Crushing Vicissitudes of Fortune! (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Andrew Lawrence: Soul Crushing Vicissitudes of Fortune!

A show about how luck can change our lives

Returning to the Fringe for the fourth year in a row, Andrew Lawrence muses and mulls over the role that luck plays in our lives from the cynical stance of a young comedian. On the butt end of his jokes this time around, among others, are Ainsley Harriott (whom Lawrence would like to have as a personal pancake chef), Gordon Ramsay (who has a face like a bag of smashed crabs) and media critics (a cancer in society). While Andrew may downplay his success and mock his somewhat peculiar image, describing his eyes as those of a rapist, there is no doubt he is a polished and confident comedian who keeps the humour fast and current throughout his hour-long show.

The idea of good and bad luck is incorporated well and allows the humour to develop in many directions, delving into areas such as the world of work, money, lifestyles and authority. Deriving some comedy gold from obscure social situations is an important part of his show – the simple acts of trying on a pair of trousers and using a service station bathroom proving to be perfect inspiration for a well developed and hilarious anecdote in the bizarre imagination of this genuinely funny funny man.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until Aug 30 2009 (not 19), 9.35pm, £10–£11.50 (£8.50–£10).

Andrew Lawrence - Soul-Crushing Vicissitudes of Fortune!

  • 4 stars

The double if.comedy Award nominee returns with a show about luck and how it can shape our lives. 'He's the funniest thing this critic has yet seen, no contest' (Telegraph).

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