Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist (3 stars)

This article is from 2016

Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist

credit: Steve Ullathorne

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

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.

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Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist

  • 3 stars

Comedian and junior doctor Ed Patrick presents his debut show about what it's like working for the NHS.