Fred MacAulay (4 stars)

  • 21 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

An old stager of the Fringe circuit, Fred MacAulay still delivers one of August's most dependable hours of stand-up. Many of his topics are best understood by a Scots audience, but locals and ex-pats seem to make up much of the crowd anyway. We know this because Fred takes a quick census when he walks in, an easy ice-breaker which builds a rapport with his audience and comfortably gets him into the swing of easily conversational ad-libs.

This is a crucial part of MacAulay's show; he's a real audience's comedian, bringing them into his way of thinking and making them feel like he's literally sharing the joke. It's not confrontational, but he still manages to inject a winning impudence into proceedings. Cracks about 'Hairy' Tommy Sheridan and John Reid can't really fail, while an extended closing sequence based on slides of his childhood drawings is improbably great. (David Pollock)

Assembly Rooms, 226 2428, until 25 Aug, 9.05pm, £12 (£10).


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