Liam Mullone: Game Over (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Liam Mullone: Game Over

One of the more enjoyable stage presences you'll see at the Fringe

In Liam Mullone’s poster image, his facial strain is so tight with unrestrained rage that his glasses look as though they are about to explode with the force. On stage, his fury has been boiled down to a manageable level of barbed annoyance, as the curmudgeonly comic has a right old go at a procession of targets from sacred cows such as Richard Dawkins to rather softer targets like the Daily Mail.

Mullone claims that he just wants one big pay day at the Fringe and he’ll happily leave all this stand-up moaning behind. Were he ever to retire in a flurry of major success, that would be a mighty shame because he has one of the more enjoyable stage presences you’ll see all month. And his riffs on the Romans, sea lions and cockney gangsters are both original and very funny.

Mullone’s show may be entitled Game Over, but his ultimate assertion that ‘everything’s fine’ belies all that has come before: he’ll surely be on the hunt for more targets and a brand new onslaught in 2014.

Just the Tonic at The Caves, 556 5375, until 25 Aug, 9.20pm, £7.50–£9.50.

Liam Mullone: Game Over

  • 3 stars

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