Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly at Odds With the Universe (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly at Odds With the Universe

Down-to-earth humour based on comic's relationship with his granddad

Funny-sad shows about earthy but inspirational old relatives have been something of a vogue these past few years at the festival, so while you can hardly fault a man for wanting to tell what seems to be a genuine (if slightly-embellished-for-dramatic-reasons) personal story, Tom Wrigglesworth is definitely treading on tried and tested ground and opening himself up to comparisons with similar acts.

Happily, then, this show about his granddad stands up well to such comparisons, draping a down-to-earth sort of humour around some cockle-warming anecdotes about Tom’s relationship with his granddad, both as a child and more recently. Wrigglesworth draws most of his humour in this show from a rich seam of kind-hearted but dry Yorkshire wit, one mined in the past by the likes of Alan Bennett.

He has a strange manner of switching from off-the-cuff chatter to somewhat lyrical, very obviously scripted sections that feel like they’d be more at home in writing, and these changes of gear can jar, but not enough to distract too much from what is really a rather lovely way to spend an hour.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 7.40pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11).