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The Songs I’ll Never Sing – Free (Richard Rycroft / Laughing Horse Free Festival)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

If it’s an hour of gentle comedy you’re looking for, Richard Rycroft does it well; though he jokes about his ‘punk’ past, he’s now “the least sweary comedian on the Fringe” – his words, not mine. His material, however, is somewhat hit and miss. Tales of his acting career and his inability to understand football, whilst not having the most exciting premises, do have laugh-out-loud moments, but his rants against modern music are rather too reminiscent of my dad. It’s filtered through with puns, the quality ranging from ‘worth a chuckle’ to ‘invented by the dinosaurs’. There are certainly better comedians on the Fringe, and Rycroft, determinedly mining the middle of the road, has carved himself a chuckle-worthy niche.

Laughing Horse at The Beehive Inn, 14 – 28 Aug, 8.30pm (9.30pm), free, fpp153.
tw rating 3/5