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Talk About Something You Like (Byron Vincent / Escalator East To Edinburgh)

By | Published on Saturday 23 August 2014

Byron Vincent took the title for this show from a list of suggested activities at the psychiatric hospital where he once stayed. “Not great advice”, he says, since “that’s how most of the patients got there”. For all his anxiety, Byron is charming and entertaining, wittily confronting his own literal insanity while questioning the often mad assumptions of society. Though he admits he wrote the show out of a desperate need to connect, this never feels self-indulgent. It’s more of a confessional stand-up, dispensing bleak black humour with a whimsical turn of phrase. In a culture that struggles to depict mental illness, it’s good to see such an irreverent approach. It’s even better to see something so funny.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]