David Quirk (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

David Quirk

A worldview containing beauty and beastliness

We’re accustomed to our Aussie Fringe comics being a bit larger than life and ranting aloud their darker thoughts. David Quirk, then, is somewhat atypical. He’s certainly not afraid to delve around in the murkier regions of existence though – particularly with the routines about necrophilia, incest and suicide – but does so with such a quiet calm that when he raises his voice slightly to force through a point, it’s almost as though he’s bellowing at us.

None of which should be viewed as criticism. Quirk is a refreshing addition to the Edinburgh fold, someone who can take apart any unwanted audience participation with a withering, whispering retort and possesses a beautifully eschewed worldview which he lays before us with often rambling tales and seemingly impotent non sequiturs. Not for nothing is his hour entitled I Don’t Wanna Tell Jokes and after a dry-ice metal-soundtrack intro, he proceeds to wind the gig down from the off, chucking out off-kilter thoughts that you may not always laugh at but won’t stop thinking about.

Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 29 Aug (not 23), 8pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

David Quirk - I Don't Wanna Tell Jokes

  • 4 stars

An honest and frank, painfully funny storyteller, award-winning Australian comic David Quirk takes his audience on a brazen journey through comfort and discomfort, to the humour in life’s darkest moments. For those who like their comedy so dark it’s burnt, David makes his Edinburgh debut in what one newspaper described as…