Andrew Doyle: Minimalism! (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Andrew Doyle: Minimalism!

Quicksilver set from a man who claims he’s now become his own bitter creation

If English isn't your mother tongue then you'll have your work cut out trying to keep up with Andrew Doyle. Ideas burst from his mouth in an astonishing fusillade and, fortunately, most of them are on target, although the big laughs are rather scarce. Doyle says he refuses to abide by the 'rule' that states a Fringe show must have a theme, and while there are recurring motifs running through Minimalism!, he broadly sticks to that position.

Claiming that when he started comedy he invented himself as 'a bitter gay comic' as a hook, Doyle says that he's unwittingly turned into his nefarious creation. Recent experiences around a bad gig in Gibraltar form much of the show, and this feeds into a lengthy routine about dating as a gay man; in particular, there’s a winning section about the florid body classifications used within some sections of the gay community.

Doyle's material is built by layers. He introduces a subject, elaborates a little, and then goes off on a rant. It's a technique possibly designed to help his audience keep up, although a side effect is that much of the material becomes repetitive. It's astonishing that he can maintain such speed throughout the course of an hour. If only he'd just slow down he might earn some bigger laughs.

The Stand 6, 558 7272, until 30 Aug (not 17), 7.50pm, £10 (£8).

Andrew Doyle: Minimalism!

  • 3 stars

Fierce one-liners from Andrew Doyle.