Aidan Killian: The Money Shot
Heavy content softened by humorous self-deprecation
If the Money Shot title leads you to believe this is a show about pornography, get your mind out of the gutter. It is, in fact, a routine based around the grubby subject of finance. Aidan Killian speaks from a position of experience as a former banker who has joined the ranks of stand-ups making the switch from corporate to comic.
The fast-talking Irishman provides a brief history of banking, starting with Jesus via Abraham Lincoln and Mary Poppins, as well as a whistle-stop tour of major whistle blowers, who he describes as his heroes. He's passionate about his subjects and you're guaranteed to learn something. Although Killian is confident in his opinions, he harbours concerns of being misinterpreted. So, his worries about being viewed as an antisemite for bringing up the Rothschild family leads to unnecessary reassurances to the contrary.
Among the sometimes rhetoric-heavy content, his self-deprecating comments draw big laughs from the audience while his bit about a summit for world leaders and the notions of humans as dumb animals are crafted into elaborate scenes of biting social and political commentary. Killian has set himself the noble aim of making audiences think and he has certainly achieved it. Though he'll be equally pleased if you subscribe to his YouTube channel.
Heroes at Dragonfly, until 28 Aug (not 17), 7.10pm, £5 or Pay What You Want.