Larry Dean: Farcissist (3 stars)

This article is from 2016

Larry Dean: Farcissist

A poignant and silly follow-up to his 2015 Best Newcomer-nominated hour

Larry Dean is apparently fearless when it comes to sharing the intimate details of his life, whether it's confessing to teenage bank fraud or the ins and outs (pardon the pun) of his (gay) sex life. It's even braver when you consider that he has a stutter that kicks in the more honest he is.

But Dean is a charming performer of great warmth and we're only too happy to let him divulge. Besides if we didn't, we'd have missed out on a fantastic gag about giving a fella a blowjob with a little added extra, which includes one of the best analogies heard all month.

Farcissist is a tidy hour full of neat call-backs to follow up last year's Best Newcomer-nominated show. It's a fine mixture of the poignant parts in life – wearing his heart on his sleeve in particular when it comes to talking about his late beloved gran – to silly elements such as the unexpected result of a prostate exam. The latter area is surprisingly common place in stand-up now but Dean is especially amusing with it, especially given that he fainted at his. The boy will surely go far.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug (not 15), 7.15pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).