Kevin Day: Hairline (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Kevin Day: Hairline

Endearing yet occasionally insulting set triggered by hair loss

Kevin Day’s recent hair loss forms the basis of a meandering tour through some events from the past year, in his own life and the world at large. He follows up last year’s show in which he sang the praises of the NHS’ treatment of his wife’s cancer, by revisiting the topic in a way that feels natural rather than a recycling of old material. His Irish heritage, socialist politics and hatred of Prince Andrew are covered – along with a lot of knob jokes – as he wends his way towards a point.

Day’s style is relaxed and unhurried, allowing him to come across as affable even when he’s being vitriolic (the Scots get it fully in the neck) or puerile (the aforementioned dick jokes). A neat bit of shtick about how he’s going to open the show before he actually opens the show demonstrates that he’s comfortable with the conventions of comedy and able to use them to his advantage. More of this toying with the format could only enhance his act which, as it stands, is a pleasant hour in the company of an effortless raconteur who manages to endear even when being insulting.

Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 30 Aug (not 19), 6.15pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Kevin Day: Hairline

  • 3 stars

So Comedy by arrangement with Troika There are some terrible things happening in the world that only comedy can resolve. But sod that, Kevin's losing a bit of hair, which is far more important. The bloke off Match of the Day 2 and writer for Have I Got News for You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and A League of Their Own…