Aidan Strangeman: Horsey (4 stars)

Superior musical comedy from the heart

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This article is from 2015.

Aidan Strangeman: Horsey

Aidan Strangeman starts off delightfully though conventionally with comedic songs about his Irish Catholic upbringing, his lack of success in romance and his musical ambition. He gets plenty mileage from the image of the singer-songwriter who turns the pain of unrequited love into minor-chord hits. But the greatest emotional drive for his music comes from the everyday heartbreak of working at a marriage and raising children, of a wife with a sleep disorder, two daughters with autism, the psychological legacy of a religious upbringing, and that Tom Waits has already written a song named after his wife.

It’s this emotional depth that separates Strangeman from other musical comedy shows, as much as it is the quality of each song, his mesmerising voice or the way he knits it all together into a cohesive whole, playing the audience like a fiddle.

Strangeman won So You Think You’re Funny? in 2014. This year he has returned with a work of superlative musical comedy that is both moving and hilarious. He deserves his tiny venue to be full every day and, at the end of the show, offers a compelling reason why he needs to make his fortune. It would be a mistake not to comply.

Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 31 Aug, 5.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

This article is from 2015.

Aidan Strangeman: Horsey

  • 4 stars

Aidan Strangeman Winner of So You Think You're Funny? 2014, Irish musical comedian Aidan Strangeman is his kids' favourite superhero. Can he grow up before they do? Aidan and his comedy songs have previously featured in the theatre show Singlehood which has played to thousands of people in some of Ireland's largest…

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1. Jill Ferguson24 Aug 2015, 4:17pm Report

NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!

An incredibly talented and heartwarming performance...For those of us who love that soft, alluring Irish accent it's a real winner!

Truly uplifting, this mans sincerity through his songs touches your heart and leaves you inspired and uplifted.

A well worthwhile show to see which along with its music and song shows how much Aidan loves his sons.....as you will discover throughout his show!

To of been to a show that leaves you truly touched, emotionally, spiritually and in tears through laughter is no mean feat!

Aidan Strangeman (Comerford) is a name to watch out for as his talent truly deserves recognition and appreciation - not just from we "Joe Public" - But from the powers that be in the world of T.V. & Radio comedy production. Watch this space!!!

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