Gary Delaney 2: This Time It’s Not Personal
One-liner show making a virtue of naffness
This article is from 2013.
Gary Delaney will make you laugh when you don’t even want to. There’s nothing big and not much clever about his lowbrow one-liners, but through groans and cringes aplenty, he’ll get you in the end, and probably with something very silly indeed.
He makes a virtue of naffness and could out-awkward any embarrassing dad, snorting and giggling at his own jokes and playfully deconstructing the comedian’s artillery of crowd-appeasement techniques. Like any one-liner show it’s hit and miss, but by the same token, if you don’t like one joke there’ll be something along to tickle you inappropriately soon enough.
Delaney is clearly someone who likes to spot the silliness in all aspects of life, and he has a geeky side that shows in several pedant’s corner-style tangents. A slideshow of playful and increasingly dodgy Wikipedia trolls ensures he ends on a high, while he makes something of an art form of the humblebrag. Not for the easily shocked, or those who don’t appreciate quickfire daftness, but for anyone else this is surprisingly hard to resist.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 12), 9.45pm, £8–£12 (£7–£10).