ED2014 2/5 Reviews ED2014 Comedy Reviews

Tedfest (Tedfest)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

A four day festival on Inishmore to celebrate ‘Father Ted’ has become a cult hit, and it has now expanded with a show at the Fringe. Sadly, there is very little of Father Ted left in it, instead relying heavily on its own in-jokes. Between incomprehensible rambles by ‘Father’ Joe Dolan there are various acts: a stand-up comedy competition (including an off-key joke about turning gay people straight), a lovely girls competition and an excellent turn from magicians Morgan and West. Shambolic disorder reigns, however, and there are many painfully dull moments. Overall, it seems like the warm heart of ‘Father Ted’ has been ripped out, to be replaced by raucous pandering to a soused crowd.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Tim Bano]