Paul Pirie: Me
Dundonian comic's routine derails thoughout
This article is from 2013.
Alongside his free Fringe show, Dundonian comic Paul Pirie also makes an appearance at Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year. At times, it’s hard to see how he was booked for the latter, after enduring a set in which he derails throughout, with unnecessary and trivial remarks about all manner of people. It’s only a joke though, isn’t it? Yes, and it’s not funny.
These asides regrettably override the whole gig. Pirie is at his best when he’s sticking to the gags – mild observations which he turns into searing comedy with rapid-response comebacks and friendly audience engagement. But currently, puns and railgun punch-lines are merely Pirie’s fall-back when the offensive stories don’t quite land, which indeed leaves him in need of a much bigger gag arsenal.
There’s much craft to be found at the core of Pirie’s show: neatly refined anecdotes about consumer behaviour and family, which are just utterly ruined by needless cheap laughs. Perhaps Pirie feels the need to pander to the pub crowd or maybe he just has some questionable views. Well, the show’s called Me, after all.
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