Richard Brown: Hold Tightly to the Walls
- Brian Donaldson
- 18 August 2017
A hitch or two dents the full impact of an often hardcore stand-up set
Shorn of his facial hair and debilitated by having to ditch the tech-based sections of his show, Glasgow-based comic Richard Brown falls back on a safety net featuring some old material as well as a selection of newer bits. An understanding audience are with him most of the way, though, as he delivers a series of jokes and routines which savage either various public figures or, more often than not, Brown himself.
It's not as rare as you'd think for a Fringe comedian to absolutely slate their venue, and Brown doesn't hold back here (though he shouldn't be too shocked that a bar called the Globe might have a national flag or two hanging around). He's clearly miffed to be unable to wield the video footage which would have brought out his points more vividly and afforded his show a pace and direction that might have lifted it up a notch.
Well, we'll never know how it could have panned out, sadly, but the evidence we're left with is of a comic with a singularly wizened worldview that lends a gloomy edge to some of his more taste-busting offerings. He rails against the notion that young people have it all too easy these days, is tickled by the fact that the PM shares her name with a former porn star, blasts the largely unreported aspects of Bowie's history, and tears into hipsters good and proper. Whether he's fully teched-up or not, Richard Brown remains a very welcome addition to the Scottish stand-up scene and is threatening to write a show that his still unfulfilled talent merits.
Globe Bar, until 27 Aug, 4.45pm, free.