Jack Barry: This Title Came To Me In A Dream
Charming if slightly unfocused observational comedy
This article is from 2015.
Jack Barry (formerly of Leeds Tealights) makes his solo Fringe debut with This Title Came to me in a Dream. It’s a charming if uneven set of personal and observational stand-up that feels slightly overstretched by the end of the hour.
After some fairly obvious nerves had settled, Barry opened with strong material about the absurdity of working a social media profile for a high-profile fast food chain, sharing his experiences of the public’s petty prejudices and making light of opponents of political correctness. This is undermined, however, by some unsavoury gags about suicide and a joke comparing his grandparents’ homophobia to a potential future in which an aversion to bestiality is similarly frowned upon. ‘I’m not comparing homosexuality to bestiality,’ Barry attempts to reassure us. At times, he doesn’t seem confident of his material or entirely in control of his punchlines and the set meanders, making movement from one passage to the next difficult to follow.
But Barry has a warm and likeable stage presence, and seems self-aware enough that his mis-steps suggest a performer in the middle of a promising learning process. As it stands, This Title Came to me in a Dream is a slightly rough, somewhat unfocused set, with some encouraging moments.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 7pm, £7–£9 (£6.50–£8.50).