Alun Cochrane: (Me Neither) (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Alun Cochrane: (Me Neither)

Comedian returns to Edinburgh Festival Fringe with yet more brilliant no-frills stand-up comedy

There are many things that you can rely on during an Edinburgh August: aggressive flyering and passive-aggressive rainfall being two. A third is that Alun Cochrane will deliver a warm and witty hour of comedy (probably at his second home of The Stand). It seems a very long time since he opened his career on the Fringe with a set which included heavy-duty props such as a very comfy-looking leather chair and a hotel-lobby bell that he’d ring just prior to discussing a favourite word.

These days, the Yorkshire-Glaswegian is a no-frills stand-up with his ambitions seemingly limited to getting through life largely unscathed and putting together a fine 60 minutes of truth-based comedy each year. Being a husband, father of two and dog-owner pretty much provides him with the requisite amount of raw materials so that he doesn’t need to book a seat on any flights of fancy.

His son’s pronouncement that he’s the least funny member of the family (canine included) has really got Cochrane’s goat and he offers more than enough evidence to suggest his offspring knows precious little of the contemporary UK comedy circuit.

The Stand, 558 7272, until 24 Aug, 10.10pm, £10 (£9).

Alun Cochrane: A Show with a Man in It

  • 4 stars

The laconic Yorkshireman returns with gentle observations.