Alistair Barrie :- Unfurloughed 5***** - One4Review
one4review | On 18, Aug 2021
It has been a tough 18 months for everybody due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the restrictions it has imposed on the world, and amongst those industries hit hard the world of stand- up is up there with the whole genre closed from the off. Now things are easing gradually back towards normal, those who have ventured back to the somewhat slimmed down Edinburgh Fringe Festival have another hurdle to jump. A fair percentage of Edinburgh shows are often based on their last year with travels, gigs, and was has been a normal life heavily featured. But what about the subject matter. Everybody has done more or less the same yet, this show, performed with the panache and style those who know him come to expect, Barrie welcomes one and all to his packed out room for an hour of top class entertainment.
Barrie was planning a new show, to be tested prior to a full run as part of Fringe 2020, then widely toured in Australia and New Zealand amongst other venues but that was brought to an abrupt halt.
He has however put together yet another excellent hour of his musings, delightfully written and impeccably performed by the master craftsman he is, oh and it’s packed full of laughs along the way, all interspersed with outstanding crowd work.
As one should expect the lock downs feature heavily, changing roles to be a house husband during the interruption to his comedy career, zoom corporate gigs, his young family, being sacked from his own company and just the right amount of social and political comment in his self-styled rants to appeal to everyone.
This show was a late addition the Fringe this year and he said it maybe needed a little fine tuning. Well this was not obvious to the audience, in my opinion, the only changes required would be a longer run in a larger venue as such a top class funny man deserves to be seen by many, many more.
Reviewed by Geoff
Whistlebinkies 4-6 South Bridge
18.25 to 19.25
16th to 21st August