Matt Kirshen (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Matt Kirshen

The height of nonsense from accomplished comic

Though there are themes to be digested here, what you get with Matt Kirshen’s latest show is an hour of solid stand-up. Intelligent, insightful and rammed with gags, it just goes to show how far the lad who still looks like a teenager has gone: ‘29, I know… ‘ he briefly acknowledges from the off. He’s covered his youthful look in past Fringe hours, so this one avoids that but does touch on his height, which is shorter than Napoleon (who in fact wasn’t that titchy we learn).

The positivity of Americans in comparison to the British is considered after his time spent in the States on the reality TV show Last Comic Standing and includes a wonderful moment of incredulity at the US right’s reaction to Obama’s proposals for health reform. But it’s the running theme of how getting into trouble as an adult compares to when you are young that leads up to a tension-filled anecdote that, just prior to August, Kirshen wasn’t entirely sure he would be able to pull off in a comedy show. But he does. With aplomb. (Marissa Burgess)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 10.20pm, £10–£12 (£9– £11).

Matt Kirshen - Shorter than Napoleon

  • 4 stars

The star of a few telly things returns to the Fringe with a needlessly self-effacing title. 'First class' - **** (Fest). 'The laughs are guaranteed and don't stop from beginning to end' - ***** (Evening News).

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