Garrett Millerick: The Devil's Advocate (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

The Devil's Advocate

A high-energy set about the things that can really get on your wick

Garrett Millerick opens his show with a video montage of roundabouts and grey shopfronts, depicting his new home of Essex in a less than favourable light. His move away from London is just one of the things that enrage him in this full-on and impassioned hour that covers all manner of annoyances from wearable technology to adverts on in-flight movies.

There are some absolute gems in his high-energy set when he takes a sidelong look at something, including why we shouldn't be so hard on Scientologists, what he thinks of a university's safe-space policy, and a hilarious routine about how a more ethnically diverse Friends could potentially be more offensive than the current lack of cultural representation.

He keeps returning to living in his new county, and while he establishes that the attitude of folk living in suburban London can be substituted for most cities, it still feels like a problem felt more acutely around England's capital than by a Fringe audience. There is also only so much humour to be derived from hating where you chose to live. Millerick makes a point of side-stepping political commentary, happy to leave it to the experts, though he does have an amusing tax in mind for those all too happy to wade in with their uninformed opinions.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug, 8.30pm, £8.50–£10 (£7.50–£9).

Garrett Millerick: The Devil’s Advocate

  • 3 stars

Garrett Millerick brings another hour of full-on comedy.