David Quirk - Shaking Hands With Danger (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

David Quirk - Shaking Hands With Danger

credit: Greg Stewart

Australian comedian offers reflective but gag-free tale on the consequences of cheating on the love of your life

This Australian comic made a strong impression when he first arrived at the Fringe in 2010, with his quiet manner which pushed open the door for his dark material to have a greater impact. There felt like a real daring about the way he refused to be rushed through his routines with onlookers able to relax, safe in the knowledge that a killer line or two was awaiting just around the next corner.

There’s no such reassurances here for Shaking Hands With Danger, a reflective but largely gag-free tale of the consequences of him cheating on the woman he thought might have been the love of his life. To his main plot he welds a fantasy of being killed in a plane crash with his rock hero, Guns ‘n’ Roses axeman Slash, whose memoir Quirk is apparently re-reading as the crowd troop in at the start. Admittedly, the atmosphere for an hour of confessional storytelling wasn’t exactly aided by a disruptive back row but it would be quite a stretch to point the finger of blame fro a lacklustre show solely towards some bored, whispering irritants.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 12), 9.45pm, £8–£10.50 (£7–£9.50).

David Quirk - Shaking Hands With Danger (AUS)

  • 2 stars

Laughing Stock Productions. If you've read this far, you've either cheated, thought about cheating or been cheated on. We have that in common. Award-winning Aussie comedian David Quirk takes us back to one day of his life, in Finland; a day that changed everything, when he shook hands with danger and didn't let go. Part…