Liam Mullone: Leicester Comedy Festival 2010

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Steve Bennett

Somewhere in the shaded Venn diagram overlap between Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran lies the careworn, haphazard comedy of Liam Mullone.

Though he appears distracted and bewildered, absent-mindedly running his hand through his messy hair as he tries to wrap his mind around the stupidities of the world, he’s actually a deceptively sharp operator.

He tackles topics off the usual comedy palette, whether an obscure fact or a grumpily nihilistic take on the human condition with intelligence and a flick of surrealism. Rather than simply accepting the default comic impression that life is shit, he gives the impression he’s thoroughly researched the idea – both in academic theory and through the unforgiving practice of having lived a bit – before coming to the same, cynical conclusion.

As a former journalist and obituary-writer, he uses language elegantly, making complex ideas accessible yet funny; while his amiably shambolic style, redolent of a befuddled but bright don, is similarly disarming. Rarely does someone who seems so confused prove so incisive.

Review date: 7 Feb 2010
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Reviewed at: Leicester Kayal

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