Andrew Maxwell: Yo Contraire (4 stars)

This article is from 2015

Andrew Maxwell: Yo Contraire

Fringe stalwart delivers comedy with edge

This year's Edinburgh show finds Maxwell in good humour. But that doesn't diminish his passion for a meaty topic. Nor has his 21 years on the Fringe (he's been performing stand-up since he was 17) diluted his ability to craft an almost perfect hour.

This year, he's happy largely because he recently got married. But not only has that not made him go all pipe-and-slippers, it's given him more material. He married a Muslim woman, opening up a personal angle to big zeitgeisty subjects such as Islamaphobia and ISIS, as well as a giving him a larger-than-life, Omar Sharif lookalike father-in-law.

There's plenty more in the show to dig his teeth into – a Scottish referendum post mortem with a great analogy to demonstrate the contrary nature of the Scottish voters from the referendum to the subsequent general election. He moves through the hour effortlessly, dropping in some modern man observations on feminism and a common sense take on Greek debt. Even when Maxwell takes on potentially hack topics like weed, he still wheels out an original gag. Maxwell’s a Fringe banker, delivering comedy with an edge no matter how cheery he gets.

Assembly George Square Theatre, 623 3030, until 30 Aug (not 17), 10.30pm, £13–£15 (£12–£14).

Andrew Maxwell: Yo Contraire

Social commentary and political observations.