Jamie MacDonald: High Vis
Delivering both niche and relatable material makes for a pleasurable hour
This article is from 2016.
As you'd expect from a blind comedian, there's a fair bit about Jamie MacDonald's condition in his show. But there's also a lovely everyman quality to this Glaswegian who provides a humorous insight into his world. So, he divulges a bit of the cheeky 'blue badge banter' (don't try it yourself though) between the disabled, how his opportunistic mates use his disability to cop off with women, and his sage reaction to the council's inability to get its act together to help him.
Elsewhere, however, he cheerfully pokes fun at elements of everyday life that we all relate to: racist taxi drivers, out-of-hand stag dos (if you haven't been on one you'll have seen them in action regardless) and gap-year knobheads. When a routine becomes more niche and personal, he paints a vivid portrait, lack of sight being no barrier to imagination of course.
The Aberdeenshire hotel in which he spent his honeymoon, in particular, is creatively detailed and mined for laughs with its over-sized key rings and Polish staff made to dress up in a preposterously Scottish manner. Jamie MacDonald is a performer of great warmth and wit, making it a pleasure to spend an hour in his company.
Assembly George Square Studios, until 28 Aug, 9.05pm, £10–£11 (£8–£9).