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Funny In Real Life (Rob Rouse and Helen Rutter)

By | Published on Tuesday 13 August 2019

Comparing comedian Rob Rouse and writer/actor Helen Rutter to Chekhov might seem a tad hyperbolic, but ‘Funny in Real Life’ has more than a touch of ‘The Seagull’ to it. A clever, self-aware (and yes, funny) play, it begins with Rouse performing stand-up, before being interrupted by his (actual) wife. What follows is an exploration of what is and is not fair game for a comic to discuss on stage. Rouse has always had great stand-up chops, but the self-reflective meta-commentary adds another layer to the audience’s appreciation, while his well-honed comic timing helps him riff seamlessly with the audience, playing off Rutter’s powerful outrage. If you’re a fan of comedy, you’ll find a lot to love here.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 18 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]