David Morgan: Pretty (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

David Morgan: Pretty

Solihull-born comedian explores the ins and outs of relationships and surface appeal

The notion that beauty is a virtue is not exactly new and, no matter how many times it is rationally argued that good skin or sticky-outy cheekbones are irrelevant to the value of a person, the desire to be beautiful is tough to shake. After a confidence-shaking encounter David Morgan found himself re-examining his estimation of his own beauty and, luckily, that examination takes the form of an hour of jokes and anecdotes.

He uses this as a very loose structure to talk about relationships (endings and beginnings), the ins and outs of gay romance and marriage. There is searching societal critique to be gleaned from his topic, but he doesn't draw it out, preferring to remain autobiographical.

For a show focused on surface appeal, Morgan is in his element. He is charming and genial, involving the audience gently and warmly. He's delightfully easy company: funny, self-deprecating and doesn't require any deep thinking. (After all, we don't want to get frown lines from too much deep thinking.) For the record, he is pretty, but it shouldn't matter.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug, 7pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).