David Kay: Some Like A Scone

Note: This review is from 2007

Review by Steve Bennett

This uncompromisingly Scottish comedian certainly covers a multitude of topics: the difficulties of claiming alien abduction insurance, junk-mail that seriously hinders the development of space travel, the Pope DJing at Manumission, Jarvis Cocker's competitive embroidery and illicit Perth scone dens.

Kay plays a minor Scottish archetype in this astute study of a simple, quirky fellow who, thankfully for the sake of his mental health, is unaware of how bizarre his thought processes are.

Yet his is the kind of madness that infects us all from time to time and paradoxically helps us make sense of an insane world.

David's absurdist and satirical show is high on funny ideas and material, but this somehow doesn't translate into laughter.

His use of Scottish language and his dry delivery style combine to bemuse and confuse a fair proportion of the audience, many of whom may feel they have been transplanted into an alien culture.

His use of subtle political parables, seemed to work against him, rather than for him, as the inanity of some of his material is stupefying.

Despite this, David also uses plenty of popular cultural references that will not be lost on Edinburgh's many international guests, but this is very much a scone that the locals will be more likely to enjoy.

Review date: 1 Jan 2007
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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