Chris McCausland - As Seen On TV
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2005
Chris McCausland is a self confessed TV junky who has gradually lost his eyesight leaving him with very little vision. Late night smut has therefore lost its appeal.
‘Observational comedy from a blind guy?’ the posters ask. Yes and very good observational comedy from Jongleurs' Best Newcomer 2004.
Mainstream and cosy? Yes. Alternative? No way. But warm-voiced,warm-eyed Liverpudlian comic Chris McCausland succeeds in what he sets out to do.
It's not a hard-edged act. It's an old-fashioned world of family, telly, pubs and football. A world where TV is dominated by the A-Team, Colombo, Knight Rider and Ironside.
There are well-crafted if unoriginal routines about disarming bombs in James Bond films, but with no reference whatever to the recent London bombings.
Despite his blindness, Chris seems to have surreally spent most of his recent months watching the Discovery Channel His observations are funny, comfortable, comforting and none the worse for that.
He aims to make his audience happy, to be their friendly non-aggressive Northern comic and he succeeds.