Brennan Reece: Everglow
A poignant and wonderful Fringe debut from an archetypal outsider
There might be two things you already know about Brennan Reece. He was the 2015 English Comedian of the Year and there's online footage of him being pinned down on stage by a heckler of senior years. To those you can add that he's performing a superb debut Fringe hour in a bunker.
The tightness of this room is a perfect fit for Everglow, an intimate show packed full of ideas, imagery and gags with Reece succeeding in channelling his natural energy for good, when others might lose control of their material. He also has a way of bringing a crowd into play without disturbing the flow of his narrative.
That story's underlying theme is about how we should get rid of the expectations which are flung at us from an early age, and how this has left Reece feeling like an outsider. He also has a novelist's way of discussing the human body which he seems both fascinated and repelled by, whether it's the 'posh corkscrew' of a gym trainer, the 'weird six-pack' that children sometimes have or the various parts of a 42-year-old lap dancer he encountered on a Bradford stag do. It's also a poignant tale of family life down at the Reeces which lends this wonderful show a memorable finale.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug, 6pm, £7.50–£10 (£7–£9.50).