Patrick Kielty: Help (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Patrick Kielty: Help

A mild affair from a once hard-hitting stand-up

These days most people think of Patrick Kielty as a presenter. Some may be aware of his stand-up work, but it seems forgotten that he was previously one of the most fearless comics of his generation. Growing up in Northern Ireland, he was 16 when his father was murdered by Unionists and the young Kielty went on to perform highly political material in places many others wouldn't dare.

Inevitably with monetary success, life has got more comfortable so these days when he returns to stand-up the material is a little tamer. Married and settled, he delivers a heartfelt homage to happiness whilst acknowledging the superstitious worry that many have when everything is going well: it's all going to go tits up.

There's no doubt that Kielty still has the skills. Though the topics of love and cultural difference are commonplace, he displays a nose for a gag and an instinct for comic timing; his description of Miley Cyrus' pubis, for instance, is beautifully sharp. He effortlessly tickles this midweek crowd but it would be sublime to see him perform a show that stuck into the political issues of the day, even if it was just for one last time.

Assembly George Square Studios, 623 3030, until 30 Aug, 8pm, £12.50–£14 (£11.50–£13).

Patrick Kielty: Help

  • 3 stars

Biting wit and incisive satire from the Dundrum-born stand-up.