Dan Antopolski: Return of the Dan Antopolski (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

Dan Antopolski: Return of the Dan Antopolski

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Exiting a troubled relationship provides a stirring return to the Fringe

After a seven-year gap from doing solo shows, Dan Antopolski returns to the Fringe. He's been busy doing sketch comedy and kids telly, for anyone wondering, and also went through a difficult separation. His description of the 'cloud of hatred' descending on the 'ghoulish simulacrum' of what was once a happy relationship is typically dark and eloquently to-the-bone. The horror is palpable as he talks of the 'muffled screams' coming from his soul before he and his ex decided to split, but six years on, he's able to spin magnanimous comedy gold out of that traumatic phase.

He talks affectionately (and cuttingly) about bringing up his daughters, and recognises his own gothic and absurd leanings in each of their senses of humour. He also touches on the therapy that's helped him get a better handle on his feelings. Now when he and his male friends from South London get together, 'there's a lot of oestrogen in the room', he nods.

As ever, his wordplay is excellent (probably through training from his 'Scrabble nemesis' mum) and there is still plenty room for jokes about embarrassing moments with his genitals among the sincere, sage stuff too.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 27 Aug, 9.15pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).

Dan Antopolski: Return of the Dan Antopolski

The prodigal triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee returns with his eighth stand-up hour.