Jimmy McGhie: Delusions of Candour (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Jimmy McGhie: Delusions of Candour

Themeless comedy full of funny amd relatable grievances

Back from a stint in Australia, Jimmy examines the vast differences between British and Australian’s general attitudes due to the weather - A seemingly obvious observation but he makes it work. He is evidently quite disillusioned with Britain and I suspect suffering from a slight case of Peter Pan syndrome, alluding to the fact he isn’t all that keen on being an adult just yet. Despite taking a somewhat ‘laddish’ approach, he manages to avoid being obnoxious in his delivery making him more likable as the show progresses.

When he’s not vividly describing his deep disdain for Jamie Oliver or doubling over, in what looks like pain, whilst trying to do an impersonation he is happily poking fun at himself. A particular high point is his self-deprecating take on how he has been marketed for this year’s festival, often finding himself referred to as edgy and candid, claims he is quick to dispel.

In the beginning you may feel that this “no themes” comedy show is one for the boys but bear with Jimmy, he knows what he’s doing.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 8:40pm, £8.50–£10 (£7–£9).

Jimmy McGhie: Delusions of Candour

  • 3 stars

Avalon Promotions. Painfully brilliant, pathologically charming and frequently deluded Jimmy McGhie slinks back to Edinburgh after bunking last year. After performing to great acclaim all over the world, from Mumbai to Melbourne, Jimmy returns with more soulful and searingly honest stand-up. Follow the technophobic, sun…