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Gareth Richards, It’s Not The End Of The World (Avalon Promotions)

By | Published on Friday 19 August 2011

For a self-professed optimist, Richards spends a lot of his show talking about what he would remove from the world if he had the chance. He examines our need for an apocalypse reasonably well, and has uplifting moments, but then launches into a story of unrequited love and having a rubbish job, both of which seem out of place. Bouts of nervous stand-up and storytelling are interspersed with songs – played on a strange instrument from the 1970s – which, again, focus too much on the negative, though are at times genuinely funny. Having seen the horrible grey parts of life, he informs us, there won’t be an end – not the best thing to hear on a rainy Edinburgh night.

Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 28 Aug (not 18), 8.30pm (9.30pm), £7.00 – £9.50, fpp82.
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