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Political Animal. (Page 55).
Drams full glassfull glassfull glass.
Venue The Stand Comedy Club (Venue 5).
Address 5 York Place.
Reviewer Anna Kay.

I like political comedy. It can be a great way to convey important messages without ramming things down people’s throat. Unfortunately it is also very easy to do badly, and The Stand’s Political Animal somewhat sets itself up for a fall. Due to the type of people likely to see a show with this title, the acts are largely preaching to the converted.

The show is compered by John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman . It is unclear why two comics are needed for this one, they have very similar styles, and the way they talk to each other - as well as repeated obscure sporting references - has a tendency to alienate the audience.

First up was Reginald D Hunter – a very talented comedian, but not right for this gig, and headlining was Mark Thomas. Thomas has a lot of the political but not so much of the comedy, depriving us completely of the ‘searing satire’ we are promised. His set comprises largely of stories about his own political exploits which, though told in a vaguely amusing way, come over as rather egotistical.

The acts do change daily and with some quality satirists booked for f uture gigs, this might get better.
©Anna Kay 15 August 2004 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com
Runs to August 29 (not Fridays or Saturdays) at 01:00.
Company The Stand Comedy Club.
Company Website www .thestand.co.uk

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