Chris Kent: Second Fix (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Chris Kent: Second Fix

Irish comedian offers an unashamedly straightforward hour of stand-up for his Fringe return

Cork resident Kent has been pottering about the Irish scene quite successfully in the last few years, managing to win a few competitions. However his luck seemed to run out last year when he caught an attack of mumps here at the Fringe – though it's possible it was Edinburgh-itis.

This year, at least so far, he seems to have had more success. Second Fix is an unashamedly straightforward solid hour of stand up interspersed with a little audience banter.

That's not a problem as the gags are regular and reliable. He simply weaves through the set telling anecdotes from his life; of an incident with a feather during his first date with his girlfriend, the social awkwardness of his night terrors and the assumptions he makes about Australian amputees.

The only down side to Kent is his deadpan style – akin to his fellow countryman Michael Redmond – teeters on the brink of tipping over into monotone. That and the very warm room isn't a good combination. On this particular Wednesday afternoon he would have benefited from a little more spark.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 26 Aug, 4.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Chris Kent: Second Fix

  • 3 stars

After a massive year of touring, storming the Irish festival scene, and topping the download charts with RTE's radio show The Second Republic, award-winning comedian Chris returns to the Edinburgh fringe with his brand new show. Following a dose of the mumps at last year's festival, expect rip-roaring laughter as he…