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Colm McGlinchey: Me My Selfish Self
In his debut solo show Irish comedian Colm McGlinchey explores his selfish side and the troubles that have resulted from paying too much attention to it.
Constantly at war between the conflict of being good versus getting what’s best for number one, Colm has led a life of detachment from everyday heroes and constantly getting himself into trouble he could have easily avoided.
In this show Colm explains his view and confusion through everyday examples and discussion with the audience. No one is safe! From the good guys in The Wire to Buzz Aldrin himself! Colm has a problem with your right-doing!
Colm McGlinchey: Fringe 2012
Colm McGlinchey rolls with the punches this midnight, free show throws at him. His venue is smaller than some comedians’ posters, the audience is chatty, and a French couple arrive midway through, make a fuss of getting to their seats in the front row. Then leave after a full15 seconds.
The affable McGlinchey is resident compere of a gig in his native Dublin, and takes it all in his stride. It might even be helpful to him, as even with interruptions, his show runs just under 40 minutes. Which in the event is fine, it does not need to be longer.
As an extended stand-up set, it’s not heavy on themes. He asks where we’re all from, jokes about how he’s half Irish, half Scottish – a crowdpleasing move with this audience demographic – then does quite a bit of traditional ‘oh, what are we Irish like?’ material that’s reasonably amusing.
There’s nothing spectacular in any of this: talking us through a weird, if old, news story with commentary (in his case the gorilla who ripped a woman’s face of); a few tales of home life sharing a flat with a number of other young lads; and even a rather gratuitous mention of a midget.
It’s all done with good humour, and with such a small room, the stand-up cliché of ‘like being in the pub with your mates’ rings true, as the funny one in the group holds court.
He sometimes doesn’t set things up particularly elegantly, and still refers to his notes occasionally, and if you’re looking for something of substance, this is not the place you’ll find it.
But for this particular time, place and situation, McGlinchey gets the job done and has modest crowd in the palm of his hand.
|Date of live review: Thursday 23rd Aug, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
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