Adam Riches: Rogue Males (4 stars)

This article is from 2009

Adam Riches: Rogue Males

A rogue's gallery of male foibles

Despite the rampant commercialisation of the Fringe, it’s still constantly throwing up some hidden gems like Rogue Males. Not that character comedian Adam Riches is any stranger to Edinburgh. His latest show loosely interweaves various characters including a so-very-loud Daniel Day-Lewis in a couple of different guises, Connor Connorson the McMurphy-style member of the sex therapy group for the terminally aroused and a Yakult quaffing surveillance guy.

At the centre of the show there’s a touch too long skit featuring big game hunter O’Hara but it’s the only fault in Riches’ otherwise slick hour. Confident in his ability to cope with any situation the audience may chuck at him, there’s plenty of audience participation. Plus he’s master of the self-referential aside and is even undeterred when faced with a 16-year-old in the front row of his sexaholics class.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 3.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).

Rogue Males

  • 4 stars

Following on from the success of last year's 'Alpha Males', Adam Riches delivers another collection of questionable characters all teetering on the brink. 'stomach-achingly funny' **** (Fest) **** (Scotsman) **** (ThreeWeeks) **** (Stage) **** (The List)