Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist (3 stars)

A warm and clubby set about a junior doc's life in the NHS

Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist

credit: Steve Ullathorne

The number of medics who have shifted into comedy feels longer than an NHS waiting list. Harry Hill, Paul Sinha and Simon Brodkin are just three of those who have hung up their stethoscopes to discover whether laughter might indeed be a substitute for actual medicine. Ed Patrick is slightly different in that he is currently balancing the two jobs and in his Junior Optimist hour, he talks of how he has had to bat off suggestions that he should be choosing a permanent vocation. Patrick is keen to relieve us of any notion that doctors should be viewed as 'demi-gods' and that they are prone to mistakes and frailties (and guesswork) just like anyone else. It might not be the most reassuring message you'll hear this Fringe, but he fleshes it all out amusingly with routines about bizarre discussions he's had on gynaecology and the time he accidentally made someone think he was a pal of Harold Shipman.

The sections on infection ratios and proctophobia might be a little more niche but should still leave you feeling better. Patrick has a warm, clubby stage presence which we can only hope is repeated in his bedside manner.

Just the Tonic at the Community Project, until 28 Aug, 6.55pm, £5–£7 (£6) or Pay What You Want.

Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist

  • 3 stars

Ed Patrick by arrangement with Corrie McGuire at ROAR Comedy Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year finalist 2016 and Paramount Funniest Student finalist Ed Patrick is both comedian and junior doctor. He makes his hotly anticipated Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut this year which follows his first-hand experiences…


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