Nick Elleray: More Memories Than Future
This apparently aged comic shies away from the personal in an impressive set
In possibly the tightest, most intimate room on the Fringe, Australian Nick Elleray is in a confessional mood. The thing is, he doesn't feel himself to be especially Aussie. Certainly when you put him against many of his compatriots who have flourished at the Fringe, he has neither the bubbly nature of an Adam Hills or the caustic vitality of a Brendon Burns. But there's more to his lack of identity: Elleray reckons that if you ever saw him on screen in an Australian soap you might think he was from another land altogether.
Apologising to the senior members of his crowd for whining about the ageing process when he's not yet even entered his fifties, Elleray's warm and impressive stage demeanour gets him a pass. Born into a family of six boys (their mum was clearly just a 'dude factory'), he has a fear of anything too personal particularly if it's related to health (he likes to spread his dental appointments across decades it seems).
Whenever the set threatens to get bleak, he calls upon a new character to deliver some refreshing puns resulting in his audience's collective palate being cleansed. He should have no fear of upsetting anyone, as Elleray is an engaging stand-up with an inventive mind. The only shame was that he cut this set a little short, leaving those who enjoyed his banter a little frustrated.
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, until 28 Aug, noon, free.