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At the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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Former teacher Andrew Doyle was a finalist in the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year in 2010. He has also written two plays for BBC Radio 4 Jimmy Murphy Makes Amends and 'he Second Mr Bailey. His stage play Borderland is published by Oberon books.
Andrew Doyle: Fringe 2012
Andrew Doyle is still settling on and refining his style, reining in the blanket obscenity of last yearís Crash Course In Depravity for a more mainstream, scattergun delivery of random bitching.
The heart of this show however, feels like an idea abandoned. Touching lightly on the guilt and awkwardness of being a gay Catholic teaching at a fee-paying school, he relates the time he took a walk on the coast and ended up sinking in mud. The scene is set for an account of his life flashing before his eye, yet heís cynical about such a trite device.
Unfortunately, the one he chooses instead isnít much better. Having asked the audience to speculate on their neighboursí perversions, he seeks to incorporate four of them into an improvised, free-flowing ramble of stand-up. If that sounds familiar, itís because itís essentially a long-form version of Set List, also playing in this same venue. His undoubted charm and the contrived, clunking way he works the ideas in, canít rescue it from failure.
Thatís a pity, as from the outset Doyle creates an engaging communal spirit in the room, keeping little pockets of banter with the crowd bubbling away. Heís enjoyably self-serving and inconsistent, requesting everyone pray with him and denouncing reality television as cruel, then blurting horrendous things about the Queen and Ulrika Jonsson, simply for the delight in transgressing a line.
Thereís a bad taste depiction of public schoolboy masturbation and he flourishes in his puckish role as a corruptor of innocent minds. Whatís more, he can appreciate the fashionable comedic meta-narrative employed by the thugs who once gave him a sound kicking.
Occasionally, he offers a glimpse of the fat, unhappy child he once was. But itís a thread thatís never really developed and he falls back on customary comedic staples, like accidentally sending a sex text to a family member, the topper gag almost as routine as the setup. In short, this is all a bit of a mess and tellingly, we never do learn how he extricated himself from the mud.
|Date of live review: Saturday 25th Aug, '12|
Review by Jay Richardson
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I sasw Andrew at the Fringe twice this year (2012). We saw him perform a set at a mixed bill night and he was by far the strongest act of the show. Because we enjoyed him so much we went an saw his solo show which was even better. A really enjoyable hour and a highlight of the Fringe for us!
Saw his Crash Course in Depravity, and I must say - Andrew Doyle is my God.
Amazing acts, particularly good in English lessons.
A brilliant act and one of my favourites to watch. Neatly balances his hilarious gags with thought provoking profundity. Highly recommended.
Just to say; loved your set as part of Sex and Hugs and... Partly because it had the sharpest edges! Your comments about Karen Matthews were spot on, and raised interesting points in a really funny way. Yours was my final stand-up set I'd seen on the Fringe this year and, after several disappointments, it was great to end 'my festival' on a high.
I saw Andrew Doyle at The Norwich Arts Centre last night (9th June '09) in a line-up with Mitch Benn, of The Now Show fame. I could hardly do better than to endorse the original review. So I do. Let's hope he gets known to a wider audience soon.
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Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Sex And Hugs And Forward Rolls
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Andrew Doyle's Crash Course In Depravity
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
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