Stephen Bailey: Neon Heart (2 stars)

This article is from 2014

Stephen Bailey: Neon Heart

Photo: Steve Ullathorne

A charming but stereotypical 'coming out' comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Stephen Bailey has had his heart broken and, from the looks of his outfit, all signs indicate it bleeds glitter. The camp Manc takes us through the ups and downs of his love life, spinning rejection and heartache into a charming confection. We hear of his coming out (no one was surprised), his misadventures with social media and dating sites, and his less-than-balanced reaction to the end of a relationship.

No gay stereotype is ignored, from the need for paternal approval to the image of the predator making all the straight men in the vicinity clench their buttocks. But while these tales of heartache are not necessarily ground-breaking, Bailey’s delivery, end-of-the-pier charm and willingness to nudge-nudge, wink-wink with the audience engenders a lot of good will.

A highlight is the section in which he recounts an epistolary battle with his mobile phone company. At this rate, there must be whole customer service departments employed to deal with comedians creating bits for their shows. Unless they make this stuff up. Surely not? Whether heartfelt or feigned, Bailey’s mix of the tried-and-tested and the inventive ends with a cracking finale wrapping the hour up with a metaphorical, sparkly bow.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 24 Aug (not 11), 4.15pm, £7.50 – £8.50 (£6.50--£7.50).

Stephen Bailey: Neon Heart

  • 2 stars

Kilimanjaro / Lee Martin for Gag Reflex / PBJ Management Sharp and sassy, Stephen Bailey (from Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side) makes his highly anticipated Edinburgh solo debut. This is a warm and funny show about finding the one, breaking up, handling it with dignity (or lack thereof) and getting back out there…