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Alex Hylton: Get Rich Or Die Crying (Alex Hylton)

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2019

Alex Hylton is acutely aware of his privilege. In this show, he’s out to explore it from various angles and, in some ways, to defeat it, or at least to mock it for (preferably lucrative) comedic purposes. The programme blurb says he’s ‘giving it everything’ and that’s absolutely evident in the flesh: the show is breathlessly rapid, perhaps to a fault at times. Some comics feel like they’re struggling to fill an hour, Hylton if anything has too much material, and batters on when a little more room to vary the pace might be of benefit. However, it’s also very good. Vivid storytelling in a mostly well-crafted debut hour, performed with commitment and, most importantly, it’s engaging and funny.

Just The Tonic @ The Grassmarket, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]