Larry Dean: Fandan (4 stars)

Larry Dean: Fandan

Charming and unique take on Scotland, Britain and the world

Larry Dean's 2015 Fringe show Out Now was all about growing up gay in a working-class, Catholic, Scottish household and examined the consequences of him not conforming to stereotypes that shouldn't, but do, still exist. His 2016 show covered similar territory. This year he moves from one of the big Fringe venues to one that works on the Pay What You Want model, a shift that is becoming more common among comedians, but the smaller venue does not mean a squeeze on ambition.

Since we last saw him, Dean has travelled: and it shows. Added to his unique takes on Scottish and UK politics, dating, sex with others and sex with oneself, is an influx of anecdotes, accents and perspectives from his time in Dubai, London and Australia that give breadth to his highly charming brand of personal observational comedy.

Dean's work is as good as Kevin Bridges and he deserves to be playing venues just as large. It's a sad indictment of contemporary society that as a working-class, gay Scot, Dean provides a voice not often heard at this international arts festival. He is just so damn likeable that, should he be weaponised and unleashed on the masses, homophobia's remaining adherents in the UK wouldn't stand a chance.

Heroes @ Monkey Barrel, until 27 Aug (not 15), 6.40pm, £5 or Pay What You Want.

Larry Dean: Fandan

  • 4 stars

Larry Dean / Heroes Of Fringe (PWYW) Amused Moose Comedy Award winner and Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Larry Dean returns to Edinburgh with a brand new hour of ‘fascinatingly funny’ (Evening Standard) comedy following his debut stand-up tour and a stint at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Expect…

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