Andrew Doyle does Whatever It Takes (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

'Bad Catholic' Andrew Doyle does Whatever It Takes at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

'Bad Catholic' Doyle's has prayers answered at Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Former teacher and ‘predatory’ homosexual Andrew Doyle has all the makings of a class act. Having doled out cards asking us what we think is ‘most likely to turn on’ our fellow audience members, he’s off on a rambunctious verbal riot of smarts and well-orchestrated bonking banter.

Still, our ‘bad Catholic’ does begin his hour with a prayer. And, largely, the comedy Gods answer him. The Queen, Gary Barlow and reality TV form the material for withering put-downs a-plenty, while a flurry of terrorism, abortion and swastika chatter allow our fearless host to fly close enough to the wind to keep the momentum going.

The show does falter when Doyle incorporates the aforementioned card answers into proceedings as part of a final ‘improv’ skit, but even then, Doyle’s exuberant delivery, make it difficult to hold it against him. A willing audience shows Doyle’s ability to work a room to its fullest potential. If God loves a tryer, then God knows Doyle’s doing his best.

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