Lloyd Langford: Old Fashioned
Solid, dependable and reliably funny stand-up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
Welsh comic Lloyd Langford has been bubbling under for a while now as Rhod Gilbert's regular sparring partner (and former flatmate) on radio and TV alongside guests appearances on QI and Russell Howard’s Good News. His show, Old Fashioned, fits the title perfectly as it's straight stand-up with no gimmicks, no concept and no audience participation – just good gags, meandering stories and plenty of punchlines.
Langford adopts a curmudgeonly persona as he reels off a list of his likes (fire, books, crazy golf) and dislikes (Kindles, actual golf), setting himself up as at odds with the modern world. He drifts through anecdotes about strawberry picking, Dubai and Edinburgh Zoo, giving a nervous titter as the audience laughs at his best jokes. It's all good stuff but this grab bag approach means that no ideas are really developed; a discussion on the merits of hair conditioner, for example, doesn’t go anywhere.
You wish there was more fire in his delivery. He's as passionate about soup as he is about abolishing the Royal Family. But boy does Langford love his soup. You can't help but fall for his down-at-heel charm and if you want uncomplicated comedy, Lloyd Langford is your man: solid, dependable and reliably funny.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 18), 6.50pm, £8.50– £11.50 (£7.50--£10).