Gary Delaney - Purist (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Gary Delaney - Purist

The Basil Brush of stand-up

The Ronseal of comedy, Gary Delaney deals in one-liners, so if it’s a machine gun approach to punchlines you’re after, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

In an hour of one-liners, however, there’s always the risk that you’re getting quantity over quality and here, some of the weaker jokes water down the overall performance. The gags oscillate between too close to cliché and a slightly more mischievous, resourceful breed. When the humour has a playful, rascally edge, Delaney pops in a Wind in the Willows pun, and shows the audience his handiwork vandalising Wikipedia, but a tendency to rake over generic joke topics in a predictable way outweigh these moments.

Although a spot of audience interaction and technical titillation inject some life into the show and stop it from falling flaccid, the delivery isn’t dynamic and is overwhelmingly unexciting. Delaney used to write jokes for Basil Brush, and there’s the sense that if the posh fox had been telling the gags, this would have been far more exciting. Boom boom!

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 16), 8.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Gary Delaney: Purist

'Razor sharp one-liners' (Telegraph); 'unremittingly vicious, master of the one-liner' (Scotsman). 'Purist' is respected comedian Gary Delaney’s debut show. He thinks that most shows don't contain enough jokes, and is trying to single-handedly redress the balance. Expect: jokes. Don't expect: narrative, themes, whimsy or…