Danny Mcloughlin Feels Alright
'Competitive dad'-themed 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show doesn’t really cut it
This article is from 2014.
It’s wholly fitting that Danny McLoughlin should be performing Feels Alright in the basement of a pub. His stand-up could actually act as the template for the ‘funny guy entertaining his mates down the pub’ sub-genre that perfectly does the business in the weekend stag ‘n’ hen-friendly clubs, but for an hour on the Fringe, it doesn’t really cut it.
So, as if realising that just a bunch of matey jokes won’t be enough, McLoughlin has concocted his theme: how his dad is really competitive and has been better at every deed that his son has attempted to emulate. The comic is quick to announce that this won’t be one of those ‘dead dad’ shows, as if such a thing is inherently despicable and horrible; yet some of them have been landmarks of recent Fringe comedy (Des Bishop and Jason Cook have both given us moving and funny examples of that sub-genre). McLoughlin’s show will have faded from most memories by the time August is done.
Papa M’s ability to maintain the upper hand (mainly on the football field), is a real source of irritation for McLoughlin Jnr, if not a means to garner a stream of workable gags. Instead, he riffs on energy and chumminess to take us through his uninspiring hour.
The Tron, 556 5375, until 24 Aug, 6.20pm, £8.50--£10 (£7).