Alex Kealy is an Idea Whose Time Has Come
- Brian Donaldson
- 15 August 2016
This article is from 2016.
Galileo gags and bigot-baiting from this thoroughly erudite comic
In this fast-moving world we live in, not even Fringe publicity material is safe from the constantly churning news cycle. Alex Kealy had to swiftly rethink his poster this year given that both Nigel Farage and Michael Gove (aka yesterday's men) were on there. But no matter, for his spoofed-up finale he can use the still-pertinent footage of UKIP's former boss squirming under the interrogation of broadcasting heavyweight Susanna Reid after the Brexit vote.
In this very room, Nish Kumar made a debut in which he ran through the many various show titles he could have come up with based on his name, and Kealy is at it too. To be fair, it's perfectly funny stuff and a neat way of warming up a crowd before getting into the beef of the matter which centres on his awkward place in the world as a very well-educated and charmingly spoken leftie (you might find one or two of those kicking about the Fringe this year).
Coming across as an even floppier-haired Ivo Graham, he playfully shoves out Oedipal gags next to searing (ish) political insight, and if all fails (it rarely does), he can fall back on some curious vocal mannerisms. Kealy wears his erudition less than lightly on his sleeve and you'd imagine he's in possession of the best (only?) joke about Galileo at this year's Fringe.
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