Michael Redmond: I Wrote a Joke in 1987 (3 stars)

Michael Redmond: I Wrote a Joke in 1987

A gentle stroll through a life in comedy while batting off hecklers and joke thieves

Handling hecklers with aplomb must come naturally for someone who's been in the business for 30 years, but each new irritant will pose a different challenge. Thankfully on this occasion, the heavily moustached Michael Redmond isn't overly put off his stride (it's more of an amble really) and once two sets of rude parties have finally departed, we can all settle down to hear the Glasgow-based comic regale us with his tales.

His story begins in the late 80s when he moved from Dublin to London in hot pursuit of his dream to conquer the alternative comedy scene having gained some success with a wrong-footing joke about family and religion. If persistent and unfunny heckling is the worst crime an audience can commit upon a comedian (as well as everyone else in the room), then joke-stealing from other stand-ups is a total no-no.

Our host fits in the memorable story of that time Joe Pasquale was caught red-handed nabbing one of Redmond's finest gags (an incident re-interpreted in an elongated and classic Stewart Lee routine). To make matters worse, another member of the Pasquale clan has since pilfered yet another of Redmond's jokes, leading him to the perfectly plausible conclusion that there might be a weird plot against him. The avuncular, hangdog Michael Redmond will never blaze a trail while he's on stage, but his off-centre view of life and a way with an anecdote will always entertain those who actually care to listen.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 28 Aug, 6.30pm, £10 (£9).

Michael Redmond: I Wrote a Joke in 1987

  • 3 stars

Gilded Balloon and Michael Redmond Present… Renowned stand-up comedian Michael Redmond left his native Dublin thirty years ago to try his luck on the London comedy circuit… with just one joke. Best known for playing the monosyllabic priest, Fr Stone, in the iconic Father Ted, Michael promises he will use a number of…

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