- Brian Donaldson
- 11 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Underpowered attack on hypocrisy
There’s every reason to believe that this particular night will turn out to be the worst show of Alfie Brown’s 2013 Fringe run, but a star rating can’t project beyond what a reviewer witnesses within the hour. And for this performance, Brown fought with the demons of a seemingly apathetic crowd. Seemingly forgetting that winning a tough crowd over is part of the job description (unless you’re Larry David who used to walk off within minutes of assessing his audience during his early stand-up days), Brown continually interrupted his flow to berate us for not responding in the way he expected.
It’s all a bit of a crying shame as there’s another powerful and passionate show lurking within The Revolting Youth. He’s recently got married, but don’t expect whimsical observations about honeymoons, instead Brown veers off into an attack on the crass language people use when describing sex, a by-product of porn’s infiltration into mainstream culture.
There are withering tirades about Facebook and the pointlessness of furthering the human race, and at his best, Alfie Brown is a passionate critic of hypocrisy and capitalist tyranny. This was not him at his best.
Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug, 9.10pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).