Andrew Maxwell: Banana Kingdom (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Andrew Maxwell: Banana Kingdom

Astute political commentary allied with particularly impressive range from the Dubliner

The Giant Purple Cow is strained packed to her udders for Andrew Maxwell. Banana Kingdom puts Scottish politics at its heart, flanked by brilliant flights of anecdote and witty home truths. It navigates big topics - the Catholic Church, America's gun culture and sectarianism - with the same admirable conviction and lightness of touch lent to the enthusiastic praise of cop shows and Lederhosen.

Dubliner and self-confessed wind-up merchant Maxwell is in fine swagger here and doing with polish what audiences – in Edinburgh, and of shows including Have I Got News for You and Mock the Week - have come to expect: astute political commentary allied with particularly impressive range. He dons accents and personae easy as most folk pull off socks. In the course of things we meet the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, his London-born son, stern Norwegians, all rendered with perfect pitch and intonation.

If the devil's in the detail, the angels are in his delivery, that delicious meandering way of drawing out a yarn, the intermittent giggles and the charming, twinkly presence. Simultaneous nourishment for the brain and laughter glands this way lie.

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Andrew Maxwell: Banana Kingdom

  • 4 stars

Get Comedy. Maxwell is back and funnier than ever. You've seen him star on One Night Stand for Dave, Conspiracy Roadtrip and Live at the Apollo for the BBC, Monumental for RTE, 8 Out of 10 Cats for Channel 4, John Bishop's Only Joking, Set List for Sky and Celebrity Juice for ITV2 - now see him live! 'Fiercely funny and…