Dan Nightingale (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Dan Nightingale

Meandering fun from Nightingale, a comic who's silly and intelligent in equal measure

Dan Nightingale seems to have settled into the idea that he’s not going to be majorly famous in comedy. He would love to be a ‘bumper sticker big’ stand-up but his priority now seems to be getting a girl. Love in the Time of Cholesterol might be the only Fringe comedy show this year to punningly riff on a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel title, but it’s an indication of the intelligence at the heart of Nightingale’s comedy.

That said, he’s far from afraid of silly humour, the story behind the poster image which leads to the familiar tale of being handed a flyer for his own show (understandably in this instance) is a case in point.

Insisting that he is desperately unlucky in love, his last relationship with an unstable-sounding actress left him so emotionally scarred that he has taken a considerable amount of time before being prepared to launch himself into another partnership. And what better way to do that, these days, than on an internet dating site? The comedic potential in such a scenario is so vast that Nightingale almost finds it too tricky to narrow down his focus. But an hour in his company is meandering fun.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 5.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£8–£8.50).

Dan Nightingale: Love in the Time of Cholesterol

  • 3 stars

Quick wit, intelligent punchlines and energetic storytelling from the stand-up, TV warm-up and voice over artist.