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Ray Peacock – Here Comes Trouble (Avalon Promotions Ltd)

By | Published on Friday 22 August 2014

The “trouble” in question here is largely of the self-inflicted variety. Turns out that’s the result of being bipolar: “if my life were a boxing match, it would’ve been stopped years ago”. And it nearly was, in a failed suicide attempt which Ray Peacock boldly mines to fine comic effect. If that sounds dark, it is, but the anarchic, gag-riddled tales which Peacock recounts with wit, skill and warmth- variously involving Beliebers, the police (repeatedly) and assorted online foolishness – more than leaven the seriousness. The only really troubling thing (other than how those ‘best jokes of the Fringe’ people missed his ‘Noel Edmonds is a cunt’ gag, which is a beauty), is that there aren’t more people in the audience. Not long left, Edinburgh – sort it out.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]