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Andew Bird: The Unlikely Lad

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Steve Bennett

Andrew Bird complains that he has ‘no identity; no image; nothing’ – which is something of a drawback for a Fringe comedian looking to make an impact. He’s a white, youngish man, somewhere between middle and working class, and from the nondescript town of Northampton, neither Northern not Southern.

But despite these terrible handicaps, he’s fashioned a charming hour of uncomplicated anecdotal stand-up where, in fact, his everyman outlook comes in remarkably useful. The audience can share the embarrassment of his faux pas, knowing something similar could so easily happen to them – and probably has.

The show starts simply enough with discussions about how he doesn’t quite fit into the laddish culture, how the BNP are idiots, and how Jordan probably isn’t one of Britain’s proudest achievements. So far, so conventional, with material made more enjoyable that it might be by Bird’s effortless, conversational style.

One angle of the show is about his English trait of never wanting to make a fuss lest people think less of him. But he ends up looking a fool anyway, as he revels in two entertainingly farcical episodes involving his wife – first when he met her Slovakian parents in a scene worthy of the Ben Stiller movies; and the second when he tried to embarrass her while watching the DVD of American History X, only for it to backfire hilariously.

He’s a nimble storyteller, with a relaxed, personable style, and the times speeds by. There is something of a shortfall of substance, which can sometimes hinder comics trying to hold the attention for an hour, but here it doesn’t seem much of an issue. Bird simply proves cracking company, whether he’s got an angle or not.

Review date: 10 Aug 2010
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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