Tom Price: Not as Nice as he Looks (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Tom Price: Not as Nice as he Looks

The comedian with the 'nice face' successfully subverts expectations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Tom Price is a twat and he wants you to know that. Sure, he’s got a ‘nice’ face but, he is at pains to stress, that doesn’t make him a good person. He’s been a dick since childhood when, as a result of his selfishness, one of his friends ended up cleaning a Scalextric track with a condom his Mum gave him. That’s just how he rolls.

Manic in delivery and sweaty by nature, Price reels through all the unappealing traits that juxtapose with his amiable features. Wide-eyedly conspiratorial as he discusses the unfathomable acts he’s indulged in, the awkwardness radiates from the stage in waves of poorly thought-out actions, hypocrisy and plain laziness. He has a job lot in witty asides that colour his wrongdoings as more ‘cheeky’ than ‘mean’ which, funny as the ideas may be, means that they lose some credibility.

What starts off as a fairly middle-of-the-road set turns more raucous during the last 15 minutes as, in order to change his ways for the sake of his son, Price rights all his wrongs (liar, impatient, unreliable, rude, etc) by re-enacting a wedding he once ruined. Involving a fair whack of the audience, this brings the show out of its shell, turning fair into good fun and allowing his talent for off-the-cuffisms to come to the fore.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 Aug (not 21), 9.30pm, £9--£10 (£8--£9).

Tom Price: Not As Nice As He Looks

  • 3 stars

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