Andrew Doyle: Future Tense (3 stars)

A tense and breakneck hour of political stand-offs

Andrew Doyle: Future Tense

Considerable effort is required to keep up with Andrew Doyle. He speaks so fast that he often overtakes himself and gets muddled up in a tangle of thoughts before staggering vaguely back on track. And then he loses it again. The audience seem to distract him constantly, more often than not creating a sparky frisson, particularly when he singles out members of the crowd for their contrary political beliefs, gently condemning them while politely acknowledging their courage for owning up.

This almost leads to blows when a proud lifelong Scottish Tory supporter who, unprompted, declares that he hates Scottish nationalists, is inadvertently brought into conflict with a (you guessed it) Scottish nationalist by an oblivious Doyle. Unable to understand the strong Scottish brogues flying across the venue (and exacerbating the situation by asking them to repeat themselves), Doyle remains blissfully ignorant of the drama unfolding in an increasingly tense room.

Luckily it all calms down and Doyle leaves no opportunity for further trouble to flare as he somehow maintains that astonishingly expeditious delivery. It's a typically haphazard hour from the former teacher, but there's never a dull moment.

The Stand 6, until 28 Aug, 6.35pm, £10 (£9).

Andrew Doyle: Future Tense

  • 3 stars

Talented Artists Ltd Andrew Doyle returns to Edinburgh following total sell-out runs for his last three shows. ‘Fantastically funny’ (GQ). ‘One of the funniest, sharpest, cruellest comedians out there. Prepare for all your internal organs to burst with laughter’ (Independent). ‘Strong stand-up with a mischievous…


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