Micky Flanagan (3 stars)

This article is from 2007.

Micky Flanagan

Amiable fun from fortysomething debutant

Stand-up at the Fringe may be viewed by some as a young person’s game, but there’s surely room for the more senior of our comedy talents to shuffle on to Edinburgh’s stages. At the tender age of 44, Micky Flanagan isn’t ready for his Zimmer frame quite yet but he has chosen this moment to make his Festival debut (before it’s too late?). And as you could well imagine, he has wielded his varied life experiences to produce a show entitled What Chance Change?

From the East End of London where he worked in the fish market business to the time he spent living it up in New York City during the early 80s, the anecdotes ripple out to an audience being happily seduced by his jovial metropolitan ways and old school sex talk. Flanagan is in possession of a gentle set, leaving all that breakneck delivery and concept show stuff to the young ones. Skipping from one amusing story to another, the hour takes on little shape with nothing solid to truly connect this flow. Warning: some of you may be offended by the flagrant use of kimonos in the show.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug (not 13), 9.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).

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