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Phil Buckley started comedy in 2003, and made his Edinburgh debut in 2007 with Beat The Panda. In 2008, he was a finalist in the City Life North-West Comedian Of The Year competition.
Phil Buckley: Jokes Not Included
Phil Buckley opens his set with a rumination on the nature of the Fringe, recalling a time when he performed to a woman sat by herself. If this is true, then his appetite for such challenges must have been diminished – as my first attempt to review this show was thwarted when he cancelled, without notice, when only four people showed up.
There was no danger of this the second time around as his venue was full to capacity. Buckley's amiable style and slick storytelling appeared to satisfy an audience eager to be pleased, and he drew plenty of laughs despite punters having to bear a level of discomfort normally associated with commuter trains.
There are two broad conceits in this show, the main one involves Buckley's admission that he had become addicted to the adrenaline rush provoked by extraordinary stunts. The second, in some ways, is more interesting as it gives Buckley an interesting challenge. Apparently, every word of his stories in this show is true. This proves to be an interesting storytelling device as his tales are pretty far-fetched and his disavowal of exaggeration inevitably makes them all the more impressive, provided we're prepared to accept his claim at face value.
Before he gets properly under way, Buckley achieves an unlikely feat by conjuring a very funny bit about domestic violence which miraculously manages to swerve accusations of misogyny and poor taste. It's probably the funniest moment of his whole set and it warms the audience nicely for his subsequent tales of derring-do.
Buckley's descriptions of parachute jumps and leaps from buildings are told with a vivid eye for detail and the laughs keep coming even though the emphasis on truthfulness occasionally works against him. In fairness to Buckley, this seemed to be exactly what his crowd wanted, and they lapped it up.
This is a decent piece of unchallenging stand-up delivered by a performer who has the ability to aim a little higher. He plays safe here and it's hard to imagine his audience could have enjoyed it any more had he been more bold, though it would have made it more interesting.
|Date of live review: Friday 27th Aug, '10|
Review by Jason Stone
Monday 27th Oct, '08-
Show - Misc live shows - Tuesday 0th Oct, '08-
Truly funny and impressive storyteller. Much better than the review makes out. in fact one of the best local talents around.
I have just seen him at the Fringe and thought he was genuinely funny - his warm delivery is like listening to a mate tell funny stories at a bar. The best free comedy I have seen so far.
I agree that his stories are better than his jokes but I think he's more original then the review says. I love his tales of drunken stupidity. Jen 05.01.06
Very watchable bloke with some lovely ideas. Getting better all the time I believe. AK 22.11.05
Phil Buckley: Stroke The Panda
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Phil Buckley: Laughable
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Phil Buckley: Jokes Not Included
The Pointless Comedy Debate Show
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Phil Buckley's Simple Things
Phil Buckley's Stupid World Tour
Misc live shows
City Life Comedian Of The Year Final 2008