Mawaan Rizwan: Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate
A largely interminable hour with an intensely staring pirate
'This show relies heavily on imagination' insists our 'gender neutral concubine pirate'. In which case, Mawaan Rizwan's wildly incongruous hour in an Irish pub was both much better and an awful lot worse than we witnessed. Coming over like a cross between Johnny Depp and an even more heavily made-up Johnny Depp, our host manfully mugs his way through an obscure hour highlighted by lots of awkward gaps where presumably laughter should have existed.
This semi-torturous comedy never quite knew whether it should be character-led or sketch-based. In the end, the main memory to take from this 'happening' is of one audience member being subjected to intense staring from Rizwan amid embarrassed giggles from his family in the front row.
There are tiny glimmers of something a little bit better as the energy that Rizwan musters turns to analysing the various remixes of R Kelly's 'Ignition' (perhaps analysing is too strong a description: non-insightful scoffing is probably more accurate) and pretending to be an annoyed trampoline. But soon the interminable returns with an extended routine featuring baby wipes and a section in which he tries to make something of the fact that 'magician' and 'merging' sound similar. Whatever you're imagining, it's probably a fair bit better than the end product here.
Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, until 28 Aug, 5.15pm, free.