Keith Farnan: Anonymous (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Keith Farnan: Anonymous

credit: Charlotte Barnes

It's all data and dada as this new parent discusses his technological woes

'This may sound like a TED Talk from a maniac; I am aware of that', Keith Farnan says after around 40 minutes of discussing the issue of data sharing and internet privacy. Like a TED Talk, it's incredibly informative: Farnan's set is full of facts about Facebook's terms and conditions, and Google's Gmail policies, but this isn't a lecture about keeping safe online. It's a well-structured, confidently performed stand-up set from a very likeable comedian.

Farnan explains that his gripes and fears about modern technology have been heightened since the birth of his daughter (he worries about data, she just says ‘dada’), and some of his strongest material comes from the 'tired new dad' angle. That being said, it's nothing we haven't heard before: yes, new parents are tired, and yes that provides a lot of obvious material to work with.

Similarly, the commentary on modern technology is hardly groundbreaking, but that doesn't mean it's not skilfully delivered. He berates Twitter and Facebook, and has the expected dig at 'likes', yet the material still works. Ironically, Farnan ends the set by asking the audience to spread the news about his show on social media. Well, y'know, #YOLO.

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Keith Farnan: Anonymous

  • 3 stars

Keith Farnan / Sukie Productions Liberty. Privacy. Comedy. Irish comedian Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow) tries to combine these three elements before the first two disappear. Every day, more of our personal data is either given away, acquired in the interest of national security, or sold to the highest…