- Murray Robertson
- 5 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Confident and assured, this is an incisive, political set by a comedian with energy and venom to spare
Greg Proops definitely does not want you to shout out during his show. When an unsuspecting punter tries to join in, Proops hammers down the miscreant with a rabid, unsettling and wholly brilliant put-down. Having resolutely taken command of his space, Proops bounds from one topic to the next with little regard to structure or pace. Subjects could be randomly cascading from his subconscious but, no matter what he plucks at, it's always funny.
Hardly pausing for breath, Proops conjures supremely catty metaphors about everything from Scottish taxi drivers to gun laws. Much of his material is US-centric (he assumes we're all familiar with details of the US vice president), but, as a Fringe veteran he's also able to bring his astute observations to bear on more local concerns.
Much of his material is bang up to date, and while many comedians might crowbar in references to rape Tweets, Trayvon Martin and Edward Snowden, Proops doesn't just pass brief comment, rather he devotes significant time and passion to current concerns. Confident and assured, this is an incisive, political set by a comedian with energy and venom to spare.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 14 Aug, 9pm, £13.50–£14.50 (£12.50–£13.50).