Keith Farnan: Money, Money, Money (3 stars)

This article is from 2011

Keith Farnan: Money, Money, Money

Well-informed monologue about money

Irish stand-up Keith Farnan has a lively stage presence and off-the-cuff style, with a congenial, raggedy appearance that is equal parts Bee Gee and Celtic Jesus.

Such up-beat charisma serves Farnan well for his wandering, socially-conscious monologues on the Irish financial crisis by way of economists (portrayed here as modern-day witches) and lawyers - or ‘bamboozlers’ as our comic would have it, and he should know: he’s a former solicitor.

Farnan mentions several times that he gave up the legal profession (ergo: financial security) for happiness (ergo: stand-up comedy) but that is not to imply any levity in his subject matter. His rants on the rise of Irish suicide rates and clinical stress since the economic breakdown are troubling and well-informed, and Farnan doesn’t spare himself: he details his own recent experience of related (or so his doctor suggests) panic attacks.

His commentary is not always amusing and it veers toward the clichéd at times - his generalisations on Europeans are a bit hackneyed - but as with his previous shows on sexual, racial and class inequality, Farnan’s ideas offer pause for thought, and he has some ingenious suggestions for bailing Ireland out. I still don’t know what Ice Cream Sadism is, though.

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Keith Farnan: Money, Money, Money

  • 3 stars

‘Brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny’ (Time Out). ‘If Eddie Izzard had been Irish, he’d surely have turned out a lot like Keith Farnan’ (The Scotsman). Irish comedian Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s BBC Comedy Roadshow) looks at our obsession with money, Ireland's fiscal meltdown and comes up with a…

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