Gareth Morinan (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Gareth Morinan

Photo: Giada Garofalo

Slim pickings amid a frenzy of facts

Quite a busy boy is Gareth Morinan given that he has seven different shows at the Fringe including political debates, a bit of improv and spoken word events in which he speaks out about his opinions on David Cameron and Ricky Gervais (he’s not a fan of either). For his main Fringe show, Truth Doodler, he has concocted a multimedia stramash featuring a variety of characters (one of whom, Frenchman Pep Zoric, met the queue outside the venue) and a whole bunch of stats, figures and data analysis.

At under five foot tall, Morinan can’t avoid tackling his height but, in this show at least, avoids chatting about being cut from the final edit of Life’s Too Short. Instead, he introduces us to Major Beef (an animated bovine with an argumentative streak), bad rapper Clive X and hosts a game of Who Wants to be a Civil Servant (Michael Gove was once Morinan’s boss).

It’s certainly an energetic and innovative debut, even if too much of it falls flat. Perhaps spreading himself a little less thinly across the festival might produce a more incisive follow-up hour.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug, 1.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Gareth Morinan: Truth Doodler

  • 3 stars

Gareth Morinan. Uniquely innovative debut solo hour featuring an array of characters, wit, doodles, animation, data-analysis, technocracy, heightism and free artwork poster with every ticket! ‘Clever, funny and original. Going places - see him now’ (Skinny). GM has appeared on BBC2 in The Culture Show, Vexed and Life's…

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