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Morgan Rees: Bi And Large

Edinburgh Fringe comedy review

A teatime timeslot in an overly warm venue could have been a sleepy affair. Not a chance with the force of nature that is Morgan Rees, giving the whole audience a much-needed energy boost. But at times, the frenetic performance and whirlwind delivery also act as cover for some patchy material.

The overarching theme is how Rees came out as bisexual during lockdown, from seeking acceptance to finding freedom, to normalising and celebrating his sexuality. Riffs on his extraordinary extended family are central to the set's success. Where to start with such a cast of unlikely characters? It’s too spoilerific to give much away, but descriptions of a family member’s ghost-hunting YouTube channel and his closing routine about the perils of having a three-year-old aunt and six-year-old uncle were definite highlights.

Another major event during lockdown was having his teenage brother move in with him. This sets up some enjoyable contrasts and misunderstandings, from home-schooling to fashion choices. A passing section on the futility of anger management sessions on Zoom feels under-developed but still manages to deliver a couple of good punchlines.

From growing up in the Welsh valleys to an unlikely-sounding job as a chambermaid, Rees has plenty of tales to share and, without exception, tells them with joy and love. His move to a gentrified part of Bristol also provides a nice backdrop to his current life. Another strand sees Rees gently rib Wales and the Welsh language. And the bisexual Rees getting to grips with trilingual relatives offered some good gags.

At one point, Rees declares himself to be unrelatable, but the audience reaction – and warmth of thanks on the way out of the venue – suggests otherwise.

Morgan Rees: Bi and Large is on at the Pleasance Courtyard at 6.10pm

Review date: 20 Aug 2022
Reviewed by: Matt Carwardine-Palmer
Reviewed at: Pleasance Courtyard

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