An amiable if unsubstantial hour about father-daughter relations
This article is from 2013.
Dads, we are told, are simply not funny. The evidence is, of course, difficult to dispute with the phrase ‘dad joke’ surpassing ‘dad dance’ as a term of modern parental abuse. But what if you had one of the most recognisable comedy personalities on British TV during the 70s and 80s as a father? That was the fate which befell Katie Mulgrew whose pater is Jimmy Cricket, the Irish light entertainment star whose catchphrase ‘and there’s more’ and wearing of welly boots on the wrong feet made him a popular figure for those who didn’t like their comedy especially alternative.
Mulgrew begins her hour with a massive list of all the things she wanted to be when she was a child and shows us some embarrassing pictures of herself at school. There’s a nice gag about how she is planning some revenge on her father for one particular practical joke he likes to pull, and she has a refreshingly bold take on Operation Yewtree.
While the hour feels a little insubstantial, Mulgrew amiably and movingly chats about her dad as well as her obsessions with everyone from Jay Z to Michael Buerk, concluding with the story of her family coming to see her perform at last year’s Fringe, a proud father front and centre in the crowd.
The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 25 Aug, 1.10pm, £7 (£6).